Office for Perma Papers

Client Name:- Perma Papers / Mr. Ashok Rai

Location:- Mohan Co-operative Estate, New Delhi

Total Build-Up Area:- 10,000 sq.ft / 930 sq.m

Type of Project:- Architecture

Status:- Complete (2008)

The brief asked for rehabilitation and up-gradation of an existing factory building into an office building in a prominent commercial-industrial part of south Delhi.

The building consisted of three floors and a basement built for paper manufacturing. With the passage of time the family business of paper manufacturing expanded and was shifted out to a larger establishment. The owners decided to revamp the former building for the purpose of leasing office space.

A new façade was designed for the building. The entire skin was clad in two shades of bluish-grey granite, the powder-coated grey aluminium of the curtain glazing and the reflective glass (which mirrored the grey-blue sky of Delhi)keeping the granite company. The existing staircase occupied a prominent location in the front of the building, however blocked the building from the view by its closed nature. The staircase was therefore opened up without compromising the structure of the building and making the passage through the staircase more welcoming than before.

The design was a performance in absolute austerity and minimalism, in the vein of Adolf Loos’ argument for a well-proportioned architecture - shorn of all ornament, honestly functional, practical and without pretense.