© Fabien Charuau
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#7, Southlands is an integrative endeavour aiming to rejuvenate an old 1930 Art-Deco apartment in Mumbai, to accommodate the postulated requirements of a modern-day multiuser collective. The project intends to celebrate the inherent quintessence of a sangfroid ‘Bombay-ish’ precedent with distinct incorporation of consciously designed alterations. Its spatial system has been revitalized to cater functionality, which extends beyond the domesticity of an erstwhile household, assimilating further to reflect an untypical dynamic space that performs in more than several ways.
Like older apartments, #7, Southlands too, was a typical Art-Deco setup involving multiple rooms structured to facilitate conventional domesticity of an Indian household. The brief posited dynamic multifunctional spaces which served different purposes from time to time, and yet involved preservation of its iconic attributes. This approach called for a conscious restoration proposal which not only would anew the lost charm of a 300 sq.m 3BHK colonial apartment but also addresses the multi-user specifics of a neoteric residential workspace, where
Living room functions as a multidisciplinary workplace with multiple users
Dining Hall converts into a gallery or exhibition space.
Emphasis on contrasting static v/s dynamic elements - achieved by a studio- space which is rearrangeable and playful as opposed to beds and storage which portray permanence and stillness.
Clear segregation of service core from master spaces.