Studio PKA’s New Office Is an Exercise in Sustainable (Re)Design


When Studio PKA needed a new office space, it didn’t need to look too far, only just a couple floors down. Located in a 100-year-old Victorian era building in South Bombay, India, the newly designed The Loft | Redefined by principal architect Puran Kumar is a practice in sustainable redesign, adaptive reuse, and historical preservation.

Mumbai modern office front desk

modern office reception

The studio took on the task of dismantling its old office to reuse and repurpose existing components for the new design. The floor was originally boarded up, deplete of natural light and ventilation, and had brick walls dividing up the space inefficiently. The new design would address all of this while staying true to the heritage site.

modern Mumbai office

Mumbai office studio space

Unnecessary layers of plaster and paint from the existing floor were peeled back and removed but the raw, industrial aesthetic was retained. Recycling elements from the old office as well as the city (like salvaged doors from demolished buildings) became a way to lower costs while also reiterating the company’s values in sustainable design.

Mumbai office

Mumbai office

Mumbai modern office

Mumbai modern office

Exposed beams and ventilation systems add extra height to the studio while giving it its industrial aesthetic.

Mumbai modern office

Mumbai modern office

Mumbai modern office

Mumbai office view from loft

Mumbai modern office

Glass rooms add transparency as well as contrast to the rest of the studio’s rough textures and materials.

Mumbai modern office

Mumbai modern office

Mumbai modern office

Mumbai modern office

Mumbai modern office powder bath

Mumbai modern office view from pantry

Mumbai modern office cafe

Mumbai modern office cafe

Mumbai modern office view from stairs

Mumbai modern office

The Loft | Redefined defines what it means to pay homage to the past, stay present in the future, and look forward towards the future.

Mumbai modern office

Photos by Niveditaa Gupta.

As the Lifestyle editor, Vy Yang is obsessed with discovering ways to live well + with intention through design. She’s probably sharing what she finds over on Instagram stories. You can also find her at vytranyang.com.





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