The Photo Company by Lovekar Design Associates

Modern photography studio with a raw feeling transformed from an abandoned factory.

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The project is a photography studio complex for a young photographer who specializes in automobile, product and fashion photography.

The premise, based in Pune, India, which was earlier a factory complex, was in an abandoned and dilapidated state as it was unused for many years. It comprised of a large factory shed, servants’ quarters and a watchman’s cabin with a good amount of open spaces in the front. This area was in a no-development zone, hence it was not allowed to build any additional covered structure outside the limits of the existing structures in the complex. The exercise therefore, was to provide all the requirements while maintaining the footprints of the existing structures.

Sustainability is achieved by using the existing structure with minimal changes to the architectural footprint. The climate in India being hot, doesn’t allow for large openings and use of glass. The structure, therefore, has minimal windows and obtains light and ventilation only through the front colored windows and the side court, which is open to sky.

▼ 建筑外观,external view of the building

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▼ 改造前后平面,建筑外形没有变化,plan before and after renovation, remainning the architectural footprind

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The Factory shed was converted into the studio for the photography due to its expanse and the height available, while the watchman’s cabin and the servants’ quarters were converted into an image processing unit and an office respectively. An unused space of about 7’ between the new office (erstwhile servants’ quarters) and the factory shed was converted into a transition court, which the office looked into. 

▼ 展开轴测图示意改造内容,exploded axon showing the content of renovation

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This court, which is secured with a M. S. Pergola above, provides light and ventilation to the office, which has blank walls on 2 sides. An L- shaped wall flanks the court on the front side, providing some enclosure and housing the L shaped pergola, which highlights the entrance to the office. Linear, multi-colored windows in wood planks, open out the office façade to the paved, landscaped entrance court with existing and added plants and a couple of green benches.

▼ 办公室前入口庭院,内设绿色长椅,entrance court with green benches in front of the office

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▼ 设有藤架的办公室入口和办公室与工作室之间的边庭,窗户上设置彩色木板,office entrance and side court between the office and the studio covered by pergola , window with colored wood planks

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▼ 办公室,面向边庭的立面完全开放,office open its facade to the side court

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The project needed a raw and rustic feel to it. Hence plain cement concrete flooring, which is called “The Indian Patent Stone”, was used for flooring and highlighting a few walls. Other than this, paints in earthen shades were used on hand-plastered walls to give a raw look. The ceiling was painted black, while the doors and windows were painted in bright shades of acrylic emulsion paint.

▼ 素混凝土墙地面和黑色天花,呈现出粗犷的感觉,floor and walls in plain cement concrete and black ceiling, creating a raw feeling

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On the other side of the plot was the main access to the factory shed with a watchman’s cabin and an outdoor toilet. This area was worked on by re-designing the toilet, adding a wall that hid the toilet door and creating a frame in brickwork that gave an identity to the space. This frame houses a bamboo pergola with a potted Frangipani and a yellow bench, creating an enclosure for outdoor seating.

▼ 显影室和卫生间前的休息空间,rest area in front of the image processing room and toilet

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The design character too is minimal, with almost no decoration. Natural elements such as light and air along with architectural characters and colors that are local to the tropical climate of India forms the design language. An unused factory complex was thus converted into a contemporary studio for a young photographer with minimal expenditure and in a short time frame.

▼ 夜景,night view

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▼ 细部平面和剖面,detail plans and sections

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Location: Talawade, Pune, India
Architect: Ashwin Lovekar, Anjali Lovekar
Client : Mr.Varun Sathe, The Photo Company
Project Area: 4800 sq.ft.
Civil contractors: Ajey Deodhar, Shivkumar Ranbhor
Carpentry contractors: Swarooparam Mistry
Electrical contractors: Singh Electricals
Project Estimate: 40 Lacs
Initiation of Project : 2015 November
Completion of project: 2016 May
Materials used: Indian Patent stone, Asahi Glass 8 mm thick, Asian Paints External and Internal acrylic emulsion paint

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