HOSPITALITY: THE VERANDAH CLUBHOUSE
The site used to be a Parsi Sanitarium, which in its new avatar was to become community housing. Since the first day when we saw the existing structures we were keen to reuse them as part of the project in some form. The first step was to interlink all the three parts by joining and extending the verandah to connect all the new buildings. Components like the stone plinth; stone column base, wooden columns and rafters were rescued, recycled and reused from other similar structures on the site. Layers of paint was stripped off all the woodwork and polished highlighting the beauty of old timber. Windows were restored and filled with coloured and patterned glass. Heritage tiles on the floor were laid as if light streaming through the windows has highlighted them and made them come alive.
The existing buildings had load bearing walls right in their centre. Back to back steel sections were joined to create built-up sections that spanned across the width of the structures opening up the centres for beneficial use. The central bay had a larger steel mezzanine and stair inserted over the steam room and changing rooms for accommodating the library and reading room. The final step was to add the multipurpose hall to the ensemble. All the varied elements were brought together by the ground plane and plinth that ties together all the existing trees and buildings—both old and new.
SHILPA GORE-SHAH AND PINKISH SHAH Founding Partners and Design Principals, S+PS Architects, Mumbai www.s-ps-architects.divisare.pro