The challenge was not to be intimidated by the historical context and have the design be subservient to it. The design interventions had to be subtle, yet create an impact. The new materials inserted had to hold their own against the fabulous existing ironmongery.
The two main spaces had very different characters- the outside one being the all day dining, and thus had to have lots of natural light, one of which came from the skylight that reveals the chimney, and the other were the large arched openings that interface with the street- giving it a more casual feel.
The material palette completely changed with the inner space, which had more formal booth seating and decorative lighting which created a different mood. The warm tones of panelling worked effectively with the dark painted shell of the space. The chairs and tables were all made to order, adding to the crafted feel of the space.
The idea was always to highlight the chimney, which is the most prominent visual marker of the space. The skylight became the means to include the chimney within the space.
Inside, the intricately detailed cast iron ceiling and columns were kept intact, and the booths were designed to scale down the large volume and make it a comfortable, intimate dining experience.
The construction time for this project was 4-5 months.
Location: Ballard Estate, Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Area: 3700 Sq.Mt.
Design Team: Pranav Thole, Saurabh Suryan, Subham Pani, Sandeep Patwa, Aniket Umaria. Vami Koticha, Sameep Padora.
Photo credits: Himanshu Sheth