Sanjay's Puri's design for the new Bombay Arts Society gets the most out of the site's small footprint
Fluid forms enmeshed together in parts emerging from each other in parts constitute this small building. Within an extremely small plot measuring only 1,300 sq m, a mixed-use building programme based on the clients needs had to be adhered to.
Art gallery spaces, an auditorium, a cafeteria and artists rooms had to be planned within 1,000 sq m and another 1,000 sq m of office spaces were to be provided for, each with separate entrances.
Fluid spaces across the three lower levels, house the art gallery spaces and their allied functions with walls flowing into roofs homogenously. The fluidity of form seen externally, with a concrete skin encapsulating spaces while undulating in both the horizontal and vertical planes, is carried through to the interior volumes making the entire experience as that of moving through a sculpture.
A separate entrance lobby at the rear corner leads one up vertically into a four level office space that is angled to allow the offices unrestricted views of the ocean in the distance.
The office spaces are encapsulated in a concrete skin punctuated volume with floor to ceiling glass panels in the direction of the sea.
Thus, within this small plot, two distinct sets of spaces are created, each with its own discernible identity and yet enmeshed together to create a uniquely sculptural building.