Name: Rooftop Garden
Location: Bandra, Mumbai
Architects: The White Room Studio
Design Team: Disney Davis and Nitin Barchha
The rooftop garden is a resplendent space for recreation, in a private sphere, situated in Bandra. Extending from the external façade of the structure, it has been designed with an organic, and freely flowing arched canopy, which becomes a pivotal feature of the space. The form of the canopy arises from the floor, and has been moulded to gradually reach the level of room, to enshroud the garden space entirely.
The garden has been composed with openings, which allow light to filter in, and the natural sunlight as well as the entering breeze add a further sense of delight to the ensemble. The spaces which are beyond the framed verandah also serve as built in planters, for trees, or a lily pond, where the occasion presents itself.
The structure has been made in ferro-concrete, opted as the building material to mould the monolithic form with its sculptural appearance. While the primary structure is in white, complemented with the natural tones provided by the floor cladding in stone tiles, there are colourful murals depicted in apt locations, which add vibrancy to the space.
The canopy of the rooftop garden, which extends from the floor, in an organic form, has been covered with an accessible green lawn, and is accordingly an additional level, where inhabitants are given a glimpse of the view of the Arabian Sea, and can also lounge, and sprawl themselves for a quiet retreat, gazing into the quiet night sky.
The White Room Studio:
The White Room is a design studio founded by Ar. Disney Davis and Ar. Nitin Barchha built on the basic principles of enhancing the bare beauty of materials, with their exploration into the fundamental problems of space, proportion, light and materials. They define themselves essentially as a modernist practice, with their work not offering utopian prescriptions, but can be viewed as a a reminder that architecture has always been bare of any applied ornament, and confusion.
In their own words, for instance, the way in which a wall meets a floor, or whether a door fits into a wall, flush or proud, are not mere details, but reflect fundamental questions. They are as much architecture as the planning of a sequence of rooms in a gallery, or the composition of a façade. Architectural reduction is a process that takes you through a mirror. You emerge out on the other side in that mirror world to discover richness in the subtle differences between five shades of white, and the sense of release that comes from allowing a wall to flow in space unencumbered by visual distractions.
-Devashree Vyas, Volume Zero