Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
The conversion of a dilapidated mill into a contemporary and institutional space resulted in the Empire Institute of Learning. It was a challenging restoration and renovation project as it involved the transformation of a voluminous space of a mill warehouse into an institution comprising of fashion studios, classrooms, administrative offices, a cafeteria and an exhibition spaces. While maintaining the structural quality, the building transformed into a vibrant, interactive space that students could relate to. Structural elements such as the cast iron columns and the North light ventilation was preserved, while form and colour infused energy and dynamism into the interior spaces. Structural elements such as trusses, cast iron columns and wooden posts have been painted and left exposed to retain the original character of the building.