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Alembic Industrial Heritage and Re-Development / Karan Grover and Associates

Alembic Industrial Heritage and Re-Development / Karan Grover and Associates

© Esha Daftari, Nilanjan Roy © Esha Daftari, Nilanjan Roy © Esha Daftari, Nilanjan Roy © Esha Daftari, Nilanjan Roy + 26

Vadodara, India
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Karan Grover and Associates
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018
  • Photographer Created with Sketch.
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Anemos, Havells, Jaquar, Litaski, SSK
  • Unit

    ft2
  • Clients

    Alembic Ltd.
  • Consultants

    Artech Engineering Solutions
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© Esha Daftari, Nilanjan Roy
© Esha Daftari, Nilanjan Roy

Text description provided by the architects. The Alembic factory is located in the middle of the city and along the main railway line of the city of Baroda. In its 112th year of existence, the first-ever Alembic industrial building in Vadodara has seen multiple surgical interventions. Similar to many old factory buildings, the building got altered over time due to change in the original purpose of the facility. Starting from manufacturing penicillin to alcohol. The space within is meant to serve the Alembic Museum, art studios, display and exhibition space with ancillary spaces for a library, AV room, and a café.

© Esha Daftari, Nilanjan Roy
© Esha Daftari, Nilanjan Roy
Layout Plan
Layout Plan
© Esha Daftari, Nilanjan Roy
© Esha Daftari, Nilanjan Roy

Our architectural purpose was to approach this is a sculpture is to maintain the true spirit of the building in terms of materials and the physical quality of the space. The only new architectural elements are new partition walls in between studio spaces. The existing building is characterized by arches, which have been blocked. We are opening up as many arches considering the structure of it. The thickness of the main load-bearing walls averages at 0.45m and provides the interior with excellent insulation. We are in the process of creating samples for the finish of the walls.

© Esha Daftari, Nilanjan Roy
© Esha Daftari, Nilanjan Roy

We will be using either sandblasting or water jet treatment in order to remove the plaster from the brick. In many areas, the plaster is already peeling off and would like to continue with the same. Another major architectural element is the design of the roof. There are a few structural details that caught our eye. The trusses are riveted as opposed to being welded. The detail of the riveted trusses is dare I say, riveting.

© Esha Daftari, Nilanjan Roy
© Esha Daftari, Nilanjan Roy
Schematic Elevations
Schematic Elevations
© Esha Daftari, Nilanjan Roy
© Esha Daftari, Nilanjan Roy

Fortunate for us many of the trusses are in great condition. Only a handful of the trusses will require strengthening. The existing exterior roof material is of Mangalore tiles. These terracotta tiles are battered and will have to be removed. New Mangalore tiles will be installed with added insulation above the top-chord of the truss. We are very keen to leave the purlins and rafters exposed to express the quality of the structure that it once was. The re-development of the industrial area will see major interventions in other parts of the campus.

© Esha Daftari, Nilanjan Roy
© Esha Daftari, Nilanjan Roy

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Address: Vadodara, Gujarat, India

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Cite: "Alembic Industrial Heritage and Re-Development / Karan Grover and Associates" 29 Aug 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/923851/alembic-industrial-heritage-and-re-development-karan-grover-and-associates/> ISSN 0719-8884
© Esha Daftari, Nilanjan Roy

Alembic 工业遗址重建 / Karan Grover and Associates

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