Spread across approx. 1500 sq ft and designed by Kolkata and Bangalore-based architectural firm, Open To Sky, eminent couturier Rahul Mishra’s latest flagship store at Mumbai’s Kala Ghoda is a re-discovery of an old typology of a building.
The overall design sensibility of couture designer Rahul Mishra’s latest flagship store at Mumbai’s art district Kala Ghoda revolves around spatial transparencies woven throughout the store. The architectural crafts, delusional interpretations and material palette ensure a continued pattern of walking and shopping, while celebrating the couturier’s passion for craft.
Located in an old-style building, the space, divided into one and half (mezzanine) floor, was earlier used as an office. The old typology of the building proportion offered desired depth, but not the width, thereby posing the challenge of darkness inside the store. To maximise the sunlight, four openings including the main entry of the store were added to the street-facing wall, which also functions as the façade of the store. Inner
Though it is a broken-down format of retail store and this kind of architecture generally calls for out-of-turn efforts, we are particularly proud of this work. Located amidst other design-oriented brands and couturiers, we had to bring a sense of exclusivity. This space had a challenge of sunlight streaming in. We employed a number of ways to evoke a sense of openness and continued shopping journey through an artisanal space.
rooms are connected with the sunbathed front room with a vestibule to allow possible amount of sunlight to stream inside. These openings also work as vantage point that offers a holistic look of the entire store.
The inner layout of the store contains the baroque mannequins to sit in the front room, while the merchandises are showcased in the inside room and the mezzanine floor acts as the atelier floor that is also used for interactions with the designer. Since the inner room is abstained from direct sunlight, a frosted glass wall has been added to this room, that offsets some plants outside. At the other side of the frosted glass wall, artificial lighting system is added to give virtual impression of natural light.
The store flooring is a combination of polished cement floor with brass detailing, which continues uniformly throughout the store. The brass display fixtures use only hanging variety to render a feeling of floated merchandises.
The workshop on the mezzanine floor, sitting on the right side of the atelier room, brings another level of “transparency” as it is divided via ribbed glass panel, through which the movement of the masterji can be viewed partially. This sense of delusion takes the store to a different level altogether.
• Satarupa Chakraborty
Open To Sky Architects and Bombaim
Mitsubishi supplied and installed by SP Sanghi Airconditioning Pvt Ltd
Voylite labs Pvt Ltd
Inspired Lifestyles Pvt Ltd
Ali Abbas of Delta Contracts
Animesh Nayak, Principal Architect, Open To Sky Architects & Richa Kanoi of Bombaim