SAANJA BY ARCHITECTURE FIRM

SAANJA is a multi-designer apparel store in Surat. Located on a rented plot, the site mandated a prefabricated structure.

PREFABRICATED IN STEEL AND CORRUGATED SHEETS

Whether restricted by constraints of a rented plot or whether the architects reimagined the conventional steel and corrugated GI and devised a striking form for SAANJA from the seemingly lacklustre construction materials.

A PLAY OF 3 DIVERSE MATERIALS IN HARMONY

“The steel structure, painted in royal green, is left unadorned. The exposed frame itself sets the tone for the rustic theme within and at the same time, blends effortlessly with the corrugated GI sheet roof and the glass facade.” – ARCHITECTURE FIRM

GROUND FLOOR PLAN

The ground floor contains merchandise for sale whereas the first floor is an exhibition-cum-workshop area.

SECTIONS

Sections illustrating the use of the ground floor for the merchandise and the ‘column-free’ upper floor for exhibitions and workshops.

EXPLODED VIEW

The continuous curved form eliminates the need for columns as internal trusses span along the shorter side and provide ample support to the GI structure.

THE STRUCTURAL SYSTEM

A steel column-beam frame with glazing stands as the ground floor that accommodates clothes for retail. The corrugated GI sheet rises from the steel skeleton of the ground floor and curves and caps the first floor.

BRING IN SUNLIGHT BUT KEEP THE GLARE OUT

The east and west façade of the building acquire the longer spans. The east-facing façade is punctured with openings that bring in light sans the glare. The south and west host no openings to avoid direct sunlight.

THE INTERIORS

The steel-framework, painted in deep green set against wooden flooring, offers a dramatic backdrop to the clothing on display. To counterbalance the drama; the theatrics of colour, textures and tinsels on fabric; the services and fixtures are left unfinished.

A TOUCH OF GRUNGE AND SOME ANTIQUES

The trusses on the ceiling and the service-ducts are left exposed. This melange of raw and sophisticated is further accentuated with antique décor accessories.

A CASE OF WABI-SABI

Even though new, shiny things are nice and exciting but even the old and grunge, if manoeuvred with tact, can elicit similar sentiments!

Colour Palette

Colour Palette