Project: Indigo Deli
Location: Lower Parel, Mumbai
Architects: Sameep Padora & Associates
Design Team: Sameep Padora, Pankaj Mhatre, Shreya Poddar, Vinay Mathias
Area: 4500 sq. ft.
The design of the Indigo Delicatessen at Palladium was conceptualized to subvert the trappings of its mall context and the repetitive manifestation of most brand architecture. A juxtaposition of program and spatial intent, the design process aimed to combine the intimacy and warmth of traditional wine cellars with the program of retail shelving. The resultant form is an insert into the raw space visualling obliterating its rigid geometries. It is quasi-dome, quasi-surface, rejecting the formal structure of either as a hybrid that networks the structural prowess of both. The design intervention is a performative background for the varying products and events it contains. The construction process was a design build effort using digital parametric tools for design process, documentation and eventually routing and assemblage.