OML Office Interiors

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lower Parel, Mumbai
  • Design team

    Ipsit Patel, Rika Chaudhry
  • Client

    OML (Only Much Louder)
  • Civil contractor

    Acmeview Contractors
  • Project area

  • Initiation of project

    February 2012
  • Completion of project

    September 2012
January 24 / 2017

Patch design studio was assigned a repurposing project of transforming an old printing press factory to a media firm, Only Much Louder (OML)at MathuradasMills compound in Lower Parel, Mumbai. The clients wanted a sense of informal and playful atmosphere in its interiors, to suit its creative business pattern. Maximizing the usage of the existing materials and elements was also one of the objectives. Thisnot only increased the cost efficiency of the project but also captured itshistory and characterin a new material form.

The building comprises of two floors with maximum portion of ground floor as openly planned double heighted space and the floor above as truss partitioned single heighted space. These partitions are openable and made up of tin corrugated sheets, aluminium sections and reclaimed glass. North light floods in through the pitched truss roof. Colored panels of plywood used as partitions and spatial proportion close to intimate scale, induces a sense of warmth and cozinessin mezzanine floor spaces.

Kadappa stone with the base of mortared red bricks makes the seating for informal discussions, with planters beside. The service wires are covered by laying mosaic strips onthe floor while the rest of the area is retained as the old factory’s cement flooring. Storage has been built in the form of floating metal lockers which can be accessed only through library style rolling ladders,
The architects have adopted ‘work in progress’ approach and developedspaces to have the potential for future additions and alterations,without them appearing poles apart from the existing present lot.The old cot legs and plumbing pipes were repurposed along with rubber wood to complete the design of tables. Likewise,lot many contrasting elements have been brought in together, to build in something worthwhile and making the space dynamic and truly establishing ‘an intrinsic order in chaos’.