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Studio Lotus：An adaptive re-use project in Mumbai, the Imagine Studio weaves nature, heritage and urbanism through a compelling narrative of evolving contexts.
▽建设初期原址情况 The Site as it was and in the initial phase of construction
该方案最初是为一个营销办公室而设计，后来成为了印度最大工业集团之一Godrej Properties Ltd.（GODR）的旗舰项目“The Trees”（Sasaki的“绿树林荫”总体规划方案）的场所营造实践。“想象工作室”项目取代了位于Vikhroli的一个大型工业园区，成为GODR集团历史中不可或缺的一部分。正是在这里播下了现代化综合工业城镇的种子并得以实现，现在这里正通过“The Trees”的现代化混合用途总体规划向前推进到21世纪。作为“The Trees”规划项目的体验中心，“想象工作室”通过结合其”以人为本和社区导向型设计策略”解决了一个具有挑战性的难题，以应对Godrej的未来篇章。
The scheme, which initiated as a design for a marketing office, shaped into an exercise for place-making in ‘The Trees’, a flagship development for Godrej Properties Ltd., which is part of Godrej, one of India’s biggest industrial houses. The Imagine Studio project replaces a large industrial campus in Vikhroli, a site integral to the Group’s history. It is here that seeds of a modern, integrated industrial township were planted, realized and are now being taken forward into the 21st century with the contemporary mixed-use master plan of ‘The Trees’. Designed as the Experience Centre for ‘The Trees’, the Imagine Studio addresses the challenging need to relate the forthcoming chapters of Godrej’s vision through the realm of its origin.
▽项目总统概况 Overall View showing the chosen materiality of the scheme
The intent was to illustrate an invigorated public realm as a microcosm of the master plan while preserving the essence of the site’s industrial heritage. Existing buildings and its elements were recycled not only to underline their relevance in the bygone eras but also add meaning as important design punctuations in the narrative. The buzzing public spaces will eventually extend the edge of the gated development to include the community and city in its activities. Buildings of the Imagine Studio will ultimately get absorbed into the commercial hub of the development; continuing to stay on as key markers celebrating the rich traditions of the historic company while taking it strategically forward into its future.
Set in a 1-acre site, the Imagine Studio complex spans 1000 sqm in area. Conceptualized by Studio Lotus and the GPL Design Studio, the collaborative project transforms a small cluster of industrial buildings and its surrounding landscape into commemorative identities seeped indelibly in the developer’s legacy yet an invigorating part of its new purpose. The design teams presented the Imagine Studio complex through an attempt to re-envision the customer journey for ‘The Trees’. The storyline for this experiential journey was grounded in authenticity and a larger vision for the city germinated with timeless values.
▽想象工作室鸟瞰图 Bird’s Eye View
▽想象工作室平面图 Imagine Studio Site Plan
The timeless architectural forms derived from the current industrial sheds and the materiality of Concrete, Corten steel, Brass and Timber work on the principle of ‘Wabi-Sabi’, which would allow the buildings to age beautifully with the passage of time. The materials were deliberately chosen to add layers to the sequence of events planned for the project. While Concrete indicates the existing shell work, Corten Steel reinterprets the idea of the original form, which over a period of time bleeds over Concrete.
▽耐候钢带引导叙事体验 The Corten Steel strip guides the experiential narrative
Programmatically the buildings of the Imagine Studio currently adapt into a marketing office, with sample showcase flats, meeting spaces, a small cafe, as well as several outdoor spaces to market upcoming residential and commercial development properties. Two former power co-generation plants and a boiler were repurposed to accommodate new functions as a Studio, Workshop and Cafe respectively. A tall chimney redolent of bygone industrial aesthetic has been treated as a graphic memorial.
▽想象工作室主要剖面图 Imagine Studio Key Section
▽工作室内部细节 Detail in the Workshop interior
The old louvers of the primary plant, now the Studio, were recovered and repurposed in Corten Steel and perforated with patterns. The design simulates the filtering of light from the leafy canopy of rain trees at the site – changing as the day progresses and connecting the spaces to key memories and identities.
The newly-designed interiors derive inspiration from the “memory” of the metal silos – cylindrical units that occupy the site. The silhouette of these forms offers contrast to the rigid geometry of the building and hence shows up as a sculptural insert. The silo and chimney suspended within the space root it as a recall of the industrial process and are used internally as a cycloramic projection for the marketing team.
Creating the gateway to the entire development with the Studio, the second co-generator plant has been transformed into the Workshop. A multi-functional space, it houses sample apartments, a meeting area and a multi-purpose gallery for cultural events such as art shows, talks and performances. The interiors connect seamlessly with the outdoors thus expanding the areas of the activities and driving the dynamism of the landscape and the public domain.
The existing Boiler Plant was converted into an all- day café by retaining the structural framework and a boiler tank as a memory of its original intent. The Boiler Café, Workshop and Studio together create the edges of a vibrant public space that demonstrates the core philosophies of ‘The Trees’.
The landscape design strategically re-purposes the heritage environ in a more urban, community-centric setting. Amalgamating industrial scrap and integrating them with the plants, it uses them as a story telling device. The buildings of Imagine Studio are newly defined as the memories of an industrial past; its contemporary form ready to shape new thoughts within its body. These sit sculpturally into a landscape, which with its places for public engagement and participation, will go on to evolve new ideas for the future.
项目名称：Imagine Studio At The Trees
地点：印度 马哈拉施特拉邦 孟买 Vikhroli
客户：Godrej Properties Ltd.
设计团队：Studio Lotus + Gpl Design Studio
Lotus工作室——Ambrish Arora、Ankur Choksi、Arun Kullu、Pankhuri Goel、Mira Asher、Sanjay Kumar
GPL设计工作室——Anubhav Gupta, Namrata Mehra I Site Team: Amit Sharma, Shirish Kulkarni, Ninad Kocharekar, Santosh Gupte
摄影：Edmund Sumner、Dilip Bhatia、Studio Lotus、 GPL Design Studio
Name Of Project: Imagine Studio At The Trees
Location: Vikhroli, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Month & Year Of Completion: September 2015
Area: 1000 Sqm Covered Area Set In 1-Acre
Name Of Client’s Firm: Godrej Properties Ltd.
Design Team: Studio Lotus + Gpl Design Studio
Studio Lotus – Ambrish Arora, Ankur Choksi, Arun Kullu, Pankhuri Goel, Mira Asher, Sanjay Kumar
Gpl Design Studio – Anubhav Gupta, Namrata Mehra I Site Team: Amit Sharma, Shirish Kulkarni, Ninad Kocharekar, Santosh Gupte
Photographer: Edmund Sumner, Dilip Bhatia, Studio Lotus, Gpl Design Studio
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