At the Rug Republic Headquarters, New Delhi, an old, dilapidated structure is given a lease of new life with minimal interventions. The building, located in the industrial hub of Okhla, is enveloped in a skin of Corten steel that protects it from its acrid context giving rise to an inward-looking structure. The design reuses the warehouse by undoing ad-hoc alterations in the building’s layout and creating open-planned spaces. A bare shell with a non-intrusive backdrop works to showcase the displayed products. Bare black interiors, rebar cage and fired brick flooring, offer an unfinished aesthetic to the space and allow for removal for future adaptations. By reusing the existing structure and making restrained alterations to the spaces, the design prioritises sustainability and flexibility.
Completed in 2020