The Key to Great Design is Capturing the spirit of an Era and the power to exhibit the essence of its Timelessness.


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Architect: Colloquial Designs

The design of the  interiors take you through the heart of Bombay’s brief  historical link where visitors will sense the rhythm and pace of an era gone by. This  shipping company office is located on 2nd floor of a 120 year old building constructed  during the British reign .


The building has a pillared entrance portico, leading into a hall from which a large staircase leads to the upper floors. Very high ceilings, cast iron railings and arched windows  characterize the building.  The main feature of the building is its four storied external verandah, a wooden overhang on the sides from where the building absorbs light and is well ventilated. The design portrays colonial indigenous style of architecture which has decorative features that are simple yet distinctive. The office provides a charming view of the calmer aspects of the city.


The interiors take you through the aesthetic beauty  of  Bombay in its early 19th century, and exposes you to its multicultural identity. The design of the office has both historic and architectural value, in addition to its locational  advantage. It dominates a neighborhood square and is an exquisite example of colonial architecture.


The interiors have been charmingly refurbished keeping conservation in mind and packed with period furniture retaining the heritage look.


The wooden paneling that encircle narrow balconies are indicative elements of the buildings importance and  antiquity. The teak wood that is used in the interiors is  in fact been reused from the old wooden frames louvers and panels recovered from site itself.


Lot of original wooden members like posts, rafters, doors and windows have been maintained and restored to their natural look.


The cast iron railing, wooden traceries, joists running over the high pitched roof and decorative flooring embellishments attribute originality to the creative use of elements drawn from the regions distinct colonial architecture.


Art Deco furniture mingles amicably with wooden monumental design. Observe the interiors closely, visualize the cornice bands, you are looking at an architectural feature that manifests historical significance.


Close your eyes  and think of  all the ships and boats that are docked here. These are architectural elements that demonstrate a range of local narrative poems that collected many stories depicting historical and biographical accounts of this period. The windows are porched on the corbel that are reminiscent of  old British architecture of the 19th century.


Choice of different types of glass has also added to the décor and cost efficiency. Instead of using frosted and toughened glass the design exhibits  wired glass, which has in fact added a character to the entire décor.


Use of unfinished bison board for paneling and partitions add a rustic element to the décor, exposed concrete surfaces add to the originality of materials and proves to be cost efficient and time saving.


The interiors sport beautifully crafted wooden paneling  that compliment well with the exterior cast iron originals. .The walls have white glazed dado  with a border of ornate wooden typology scattered across the interiors.


Patronage of an innovative style of colonial design offered the architects an opportunity to establish and express their role within this reconstitutional  political culture. The office exhibits as an art treasure , as also serves  exquisite pieces and traces of colonial  Bombay in the form of Maps and Art Works as well as embroidered vestments in typical Indo Colonial  style.

Niyati Shetty ,Volume Zero.

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