Synergy Lifestyles Offices – Mumbai

  • Client Synergy Lifestyles,
  • size 5,950 sqft
  • Year 2016
  • Location Mumbai, India,
  • Industry Manufacturing,
  • SJK Architects were engaged by textile manufacturer, Synergy Lifestyles, to design their offices located in Mumbai, India.

    It is rare to have the opportunity to revisit a project – and this warehouse in the mill area of Kalachowki was first renovated by us in 1997. It was a landmark project then – amongst the first of the industrial projects that converted to offices in a city fast changing from its industrial roots to a service economy. It optimised the roof, its volume and its potential as a source of light. The skylights ran along the truss and the partitions eluded the roof so that lightness and continuity were the primary virtues.

    Much detailing and colour added value and the project was well publicised and awarded and became one of the turning points in the growth of SJK Architects. More importantly it was the beginning of a relationship with Sunita Namjoshi of Synergy Lifestyles that would endure 11 wonderful projects together until this building caught fire and had to be practically gutted and rebuilt from the inside.

    The passage of twenty years perhaps reflects in the journey of our firm – clarity and simplicity being paramount. More subtle detailing and a monochrome palette to celebrate volume and sunlight. In this avatar, the ubiquitous staircase is still the protagonist but the project is perhaps even more honest than its predecessor, ever more transparent and reliant on the craftsmanship of concrete and steel – so as to hide nothing!

    DesignerSJK Architects
    Design Team: Shimul Javeri Kadri, Vaishali Shankar, Roshni Kshirsagar, Michelle Pereira, Nikita Shahdadpuri
    Photography: Rajesh Vora