Location: Khar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Project Work Status: Completed Projects
Area: 650 Sq.Mt.
Team: Harshat Verma, Aparna Dhareshwar
The site located in Khar, was a restaurant earlier and had fallen into substantial disrepair, the crumbling stone clad walls, as well as other signs of the derelict envelope, became a point of entry into the project.
Social has a strong brand presence in the city and the country. The orientation of the project was to think about design as a product of excavation of our site as it was to, in some sense, discover what lay underneath layers of plaster and paint and to augment the found infrastructure with recycled materials.
We decided to pursue the idea of the space as a metaphor for our Mumbai as a city of constant construction. Hence the language and materiality of the project was decided by this notion of the city as a construction site with rebars, RCC and corrugated sheet / bamboo scaffolding as its formal embodiment. A case in point was the entrance, made up of materials seen as standard boundary fencing in most construction sites. What set it apart was