sanjay puri architects sculpt the ‘bombay arts society’
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sanjay puri architects have designed ‘bombay arts society’ as a mixed-use building on a 1,300 square meter plot. half the complex’s programs is composed of office spaces, while the other half caters to visual and performance arts displays and creative studio space. three lower levels encased in an undulating concrete form house galleries and their allied functions, the seamless transitions between vertical and horizontal surfaces continuing inside the building as well as on the exterior. thus, patrons tour the museum, moving fluidly through an occupiable sculpture. slightly detached from the public realm below, a four-storey volume contains the arts society’s administrative offices. a separate entrance leads up to this area, physically separating the programmatic zones. the two distinct set of spaces are united in their materiality with gentle curving tectonics. in contrast to the subtle openings below, the upper mass is punctuated with a large glass facade that is angled to frame views of the sea.
seamless transitions between vertical and horizontal surfaces define the museum’s public program
vertical circulation separates the two programs
the office block is angled to frame views of the sea