Seahorse (Warehouse A), Mumbai, India – © Planet 3 Studios Architecture Pvt. Ltd
Planet 3 Studios have done their bit by injecting a new life into the abandoned cotton mills of Mumbai with their playful textile-motif inspired retail warehouse designs.
These derelict mills lay spread in the central part of the burgeoning metropolis and exist as the stark reminders of colonial and pre-independent India. Nevertheless they provide a great opportunity for creating adaptive re-use spaces.
Interestingly enough Planet 3 Studios, as contemporary representatives of Indian architecture, seek inspiration from India’s rich variety of motifs and textile designs and work with an intuition to use bold colours.
A marriage of graphic design and architecture is clearly demonstrated in the Seahorse Warehouse. The interiors are a splash of all the brand colours – bright reds, white and blue with the wall featuring embroidery patterns cut-out in plywood. These designs are mapped onto the façades of both the warehouses, thus bringing the playfulness all throughout the buildings and in line with the aesthetics of Planet 3 Studios. They dub their aesthetics as “designs that promote energy, vitality, communication and help improve work or living environment.”
According to the designers, their “solution defers to the historical context by retaining and revitalizing intricate metal and woodwork.” They recall their design process during which they wanted to retain a tree that sat on the site. The tree in all tragedy was cut down by the contractor. As a result, the designers invoke the tree by affixed plywood cutouts on the ceiling and the walls. Having liked the “graphic quality of the tree stencil blocks in ACAD,” they simply replicated the designs onto the elevation and the plan. The design of these warehouses’ makes great use of natural light with its numerous skylights, while artificial lighting is judicially utilised for retail displaying purposes.
Design Team: Santha Gour Mattoo, Hina Parmar, Kalhan Mattoo, Kanwaldeep Kapoor.