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Automobile Design Studio / SJK Architects

  • 18:00 - 25 August, 2015
Automobile Design Studio / SJK Architects
Automobile Design Studio / SJK Architects, © Rajesh Vora
© Rajesh Vora

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Kandivli, Vasanji Lalji Road, Jethava Nagar, Kandivali East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400067, India
  • Structural Consultants

    M/s. Shilp Consulting Engineers
  • Area

    25000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Rajesh Vora
© Rajesh Vora

Text description provided by the architects. Mahindra and Mahindra has been a market leader in farm and utility vehicles in India for several decades and a household name more recently since they launched into commercial vehicles. From the Willys Jeep to the Scorpio and the more recent XUV500, they have delivered outstandingly popular vehicles that have given the brand a reputation for being robust, rugged, masculine, and dependable, in the recent few years, stylish.

© Rajesh Vora
© Rajesh Vora

Mahindra and Mahindra approached us to create a cutting edge design studio, where they would style their newest vehicles. The studio would be the designer’s domain, holding special status and pride of place in the company, and frequented by the company’s top management as well as by their international collaborators. The brief described the need for the studio to have an ‘overwhelming sense of design’, an ‘emotive’ quality that could ‘energize and inspire thoughts’, ‘evolve’ with time and feel ‘true to its origins.

© Rajesh Vora
© Rajesh Vora

The site identified for the design studio was within their 64 acre M&M factory campus in Kandivili, with its low-lying sheds and lush greenery - an oasis, reminiscent of Mumbai of the bygone decades, amidst the concrete jungle surrounding it. It is perhaps the last of industrial campuses that occupied land on the highway of what was previously the outskirts of a fast growing city.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

The site consisted of 5 existing sheds, totally 25,000 square-feet in size, nestled amongst other similar looking contiguous sheds. The character of the site was, thus, distinctly ‘industrial’; the buildings were not the latest, spit and polish, prefabricated steel types, but their older counterparts – made with hand-held tools using standard rolled steel sections that were fabricated, welded and bolted at site to create the buildings, identical for most part but with the anomalies and imperfections that arise out of being handmade.

© Rajesh Vora
© Rajesh Vora

We assimilated the influences of site, context and brand identity to conceptualise a rugged, raw space that used natural light, celebrates its industrial and metallic context and compliments it with a neutral concrete backdrop. Neutrality was important, since the car and its styling are the ultimate protagonist in the space - the studio has to be the backdrop and not the competition! The use of metal sheets for doors, screens etc. was inspired by the extensive use of the material in the automobile industry and further impelled by Mumbai’s rich tradition of metal works.

Section
Section

As we started work at site, the buildings were stripped down to bare the structural system which was retained with all its imperfections, and strengthened. As we added new walls and other elements of design, we allowed the structural system to be celebrated, leaving it visible and ensuring that the new design adapts to it; each played its own honest role – the existing structural system grounding the space to its origins, and the new design layers belonging to the ‘now’.

© Rajesh Vora
© Rajesh Vora

As we stitched the old and new together, the need for the studio to ‘evolve’ and ‘be true to its origins’ influenced the treatment to material and detail of the project. We attempted to use all new materials, concrete and plaster for walls and metals ‘raw’ - in an honest, exposed and bare format. This proved to be challenging - every step had to be planned and rehearsed, for every scratch, dent or unsightly weld would be visible for all to see. Each metal that we used- corten steel, mild steel, stainless steel and galvalume, in its raw state holds its own and contributes to the story like an orchestra.

© Rajesh Vora
© Rajesh Vora

The craft of industrial buildings is the history and skill we have drawn on to adapt “mundane” sheds into a cutting edge design studio. The endeavour, which we see as the challenge to adaptive reuse is to keep history alive while evolving a “today’’ that is contemporary, comfortable and poetic.

South Elevation
South Elevation

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