GPL’s mixed-use development in Chembur, located on the site of the erstwhile R K Studios, aims to add to Mumbai’s exuberant and ever-changing skyline while retaining the cultural and historical legacy of the site — evocative of the promise and wonder that the City of Dreams brings with it.
The design vision aims to bring legacy, luxury and placemaking together, enabling the public to enjoy a taste of the indulgence and luxury of a time which produced legendary showmen, heroes and heroines who captured the imagination of millions while also allowing for the renewal of a site steeped in nostalgia and heritage, both tangible as well as intangible.
In 2017, a portion of the original buildings was damaged following a fire and the site fell into disuse and disrepair. Post the fire, reinstating its identity as a landmark became paramount - an exercise in placemaking, with the design addressing the need to actively engage with and reinstate RK Studios in the public imagination. The new complex has been envisaged as an inviting, porous precinct that draws crowds from the streets into the public plaza.
The mixed-use development integrates an amenity and commercial retail zone at the ground and first levels with three adjacent residential towers above, housing two, three and four BHK units, tracing a U-shaped configuration to maximize the open spaces available and utilize the compactness of the site. This intervention seeks to re-establish the site's presence, not only within its immediate context but also when seen from a distance.
The project pays homage to the Art Deco style of the 20s and 30s, when it was gaining prominence in Mumbai, in conjunction with the advent of cinema. It seeks to tie the sophistication and timeless elegance of those decades with the visual vocabulary of the construction.
The retail and amenity zone at the lower levels consists of a series of stone-clad arches, highlighted with brass trims and metal elements such a jaalis, railings, lamps, etc. Jaalis fashioned out of brass embellish the ground floor arches and serve as reminders of the luxurious indulgence of the forgotten era.
Drawing inspiration from the glitz and glamour of the site's legacy, Studio Lotus has explored placemaking opportunities throughout the property - creating a series of immersive and tactile experiences that transport the visitors to another era.