Heritage Workspace
Insite|March 2019

The story of Bombay House is quite interesting. The ancient building dates back to 1921 and the plans were conceived by Scottish architect. George Wittet, the designer of the city’s iconic Gateway of India. Originally, the building had four businesses functioning within — textiles, hotels, steel and power. It has been refurbished and redesigned by Ar. Brinda Somaya, the founder of Somaya and Kalappa Consultants.

Marilyn Madathil

The new Bombay House is a three-story standalone heritage office with high tech facilities and agile workspaces of the leading Tata group of companies. The space reflects leadership, integrity and ethics of Tata Sons, each floor depicting the chronology of the Tata group – its “Evolution, Reflection and Metamorphosis.”

Architectural Restoration

In order to ensure sensitive restoration of a Grade II heritage structure, it was vital for SNK consultants to understand the type, condition and true nature of the materials, prior to finalising the conservation plan. Mock-ups for all typologies of façade restoration works were carried out prior to execution. Specialised methods that included both dry and wet cleaning, depending upon the requirements, were used for the malad stone façade. The paper poultice method was applied to clean other façade stone details and deep cornices. External lighting added in the façade highlighted the neoclassical elements.

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