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219 BOAT CLUB

Studio Hinge acquired the bare building shell – unfinished walls, slabs and beams executed by another architectural agency.

SCOPE OF WORK

The interiors were designed and executed first, incorporating high-end elements in glass, metal and wooden elements. They were then commissioned the façade design and execution.

DEVISING THE AESTHETIC

The client’s – Merint’s – core business is glass and Studio Hinge took it upon them to use its variations to suit appropriate functions along with wood for warmth and congeniality.

DIAMANT GLASS

Extra clear glass, also known as diamant (diamant = diamond in French) is used for the balcony handrail.

CERAMIC FRITTED GLASS

Used on the curtain wall, the glass is imprinted with desired patterns using a screen. It is then baked at high temperatures and the patterns are rendered permanent. The glass attains greater strength post this procedure.

ALUMINIUM FINS WITH THE AESTHETIC OF WOOD

Wood is expensive and high-maintenance in the long run. Hence wood-finished powder-coated aluminium was used to clad the building. This imparted the appearance of wood sans any maintenance issues for the long term.

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Workspace 28 Sep 2018

219 Boat Club strips away the extravagance of luxury and presents a nuanced façade

A façade is also an elusive appearance, a constructed front or a discreet guise. For its façade, the 219 Boat Club, the tallest building on the Boat Club Road, Pune, wears an interesting mask. While there is nothing elusive or contrived about the building façade, the brief that Studio Hinge worked with instructed them to create a façade that reflected its luxurious interiors, but discreetly.

Luxury is comfort, beauty, exclusivity, and so on, but often at a high expense and with generous use of resources. The high-rise residential building, 219 Boat Club in Pune, located in the plush Boat Club Road precinct is conceptualised to embody a similar lived experience. While the interiors are steeped in sumptuosity, the facade signifies restraint. This dual concept of luxurious interiors but tastefully restrained facade is conceptualised and executed by Studio Hinge, a Mumbai-based firm. Before Studio Hinge came on-board, the international design firm Atkins worked on the master-plan and schematic design of the building. Its execution was handled by Pune-based Fourth Dimensions Architects.

219 BOAT CLUB

Studio Hinge acquired the bare building shell – unfinished walls, slabs and beams executed by another architectural agency.

Studio Hinge stepped in when they won a pitch to design and execute the interiors of the building; the lobby, showflat and the rooftop, as desired by the client – Merint. Studio Hinge acquired the bare building shell – unfinished walls, slabs and beams. The interiors were designed and executed first, incorporating high-end elements in glass, metal and wooden elements. They were then commissioned the façade design and execution.

SCOPE OF WORK

The interiors were designed and executed first, incorporating high-end elements in glass, metal and wooden elements. They were then commissioned the façade design and execution.

While the interiors is steeped in sumptuosity, the facade signifies restraint.

Studio Hinge wanted to use wood on the façade for a warm and congenial aesthetic. Wood, even in the form of cladding, is expensive and high-maintenance in the long run. Hence wood-finished powder-coated aluminium was used to clad the building. This imparted the appearance of wood sans any maintenance issues for the long term. Fins have been or were used to cover the service area. The studio developed extruded tapered aluminium profiles. The cross-section of the fins is a triangular profile that tapers away from the building. This profile is extruded and installed vertically on the building in rhythmic patterns. The protruding beams and decks are clad in Luxalon 150 aluminium panels with a wooden finish.

DEVISING THE AESTHETIC

The client’s – Merint’s – core business is glass and Studio Hinge took it upon them to use its variations to suit appropriate functions along with wood for warmth and congeniality.

The many variants of glass

The client’s – Merint’s – core business is glass and Studio Hinge took it upon them to use its variations to suit appropriate functions. For example, extra clear glass, also known as diamant (diamant = diamond in French) is used for the balcony handrail. The windows are double-glazed. One leaf of the double-glazing is energy efficient as it reduces heat gain. The double glazing keeps external noise at bay. The south-east façade is the only façade that is comprehended entirely from the street. The rest is shrouded by trees. The façade with the staircase shaft is a curtain wall or commonly known as a glass wall. Ceramic fritted glass is used on the curtain wall. The glass is imprinted with desired patterns using a screen. The glass is baked at high temperatures and the patterns are rendered permanent. The glass attains greater strength post this procedure. The pattern borrows from the configuration of the aluminium fins.

CERAMIC FRITTED GLASS

Used on the curtain wall, the glass is imprinted with desired patterns using a screen. It is then baked at high temperatures and the patterns are rendered permanent. The glass attains greater strength post this procedure.

DIAMANT GLASS

Extra clear glass, also known as diamant (diamant = diamond in French) is used for the balcony handrail.

The brief that Studio Hinge operated from indicated devising a façade that fit two slightly opposing definitions of a façade.

The façade – mask or metaphor?

The brief that Studio Hinge operated from indicated devising a façade that fit two slightly opposing definitions of a façade; one being a ‘face’ of a building and the other being a mask or disguise. While the latter definition comes with slight negative annotations, 219 Boat Club holds no such bearing.

ALUMINIUM FINS WITH THE AESTHETIC OF WOOD

Wood is expensive and high-maintenance in the long run. Hence wood-finished powder-coated aluminium was used to clad the building. This imparted the appearance of wood sans any maintenance issues for the long term.

It is also a case in example that opulence is not always about exhibiting wealth or resources but using the same with care and practicality such that its best use emerges. One that does not scream extravagance or wastefulness of resources but deploys it with mindfulness. While working with scarce resources is a creative challenge, sometimes even too much can be a bad thing. 219 Boat Club emerges successful on each account.

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