Inspired by the informal settlements in Mumbai, S + PS Architects studio, together with other like-minded have developed a private house, using found and recycled objects in a characteristic collage.
Living in Mumbai, India, it is impossible to ignore the informal settlements in the city. And if you examine them closely, you can learn a lot of lessons in frugality, adaptability, multitasking, resourcefulness and ingenuity of the inhabitants of these non-respectable areas. The visual language of the found objects is modified in an eclectic collage. An attempt, that was made in this project, is directed to apply some of these lessons without romanticizing or a fetish. This approach is reinforced in the application of domestic materials and components. It plays on the contrast between old and new, traditional and modern, rough sketches and completed.
Recycled materials such as old textile blocks from old teak floors, rafters and purlins from Burma, colonial furniture and fabric waste have found use in the house. Facade of old windows and doors from the destroyed city houses sets the tone for what is inside of a concrete block. It becomes the main background, including, for the living room, located above the ground on an elevated concrete faceted shelf. Centenary columns and lightweight steel and glass pavilion with solar panels on the terrace provide a fantastic view of the city, lying at the bottom of the slope, and brings back memories and nostalgia of the past.