RK Studios

Mixed-Use | Chembur, Mumbai
GPL’s mixed-use development in Chembur, located on the site of the erstwhile R K Studios, aims to add to Mumbai’s exuberant and ever-changing skyline while retaining the cultural and historical legacy of the site—evocative of the promise and wonder that the City of Dreams brings with it.


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The design vision aims to bring legacy, luxury and placemaking together, enabling the public to enjoy a taste of the indulgence and luxury of a time which produced legendary showmen, <rt-red>heroes and heroines who captured the imagination of millions while also allowing for the renewal of a site steeped in nostalgia and heritage, both tangible as well as intangible.<rt-red>

In 2017, a portion of the original buildings was damaged following a fire and the site fell into disuse and disrepair. Post the fire, reinstating its identity as a landmark became paramount—an exercise in placemaking, with the design addressing the need to actively engage with and reinstate RK Studios in the public imagination. <rt-red>The new complex has been envisaged as an inviting, porous precinct that draws crowds from the streets into the public plaza.<rt-red>

The mixed-use development integrates an amenity and commercial retail zone at the ground and first levels with three adjacent residential towers above, housing two, three and four BHK units, tracing a U-shaped configuration to maximise the open spaces available and utilise the compactness of the site. <rt-red>This intervention seeks to re-establish the site's presence, not only within its immediate context but also when seen from a distance.<rt-red>

The project pays homage to the Art Deco style of the 20s and 30s, when it was gaining prominence in Mumbai, in conjunction with the advent of cinema. <rt-red>It seeks to tie the sophistication and timeless elegance of those decades with the visual vocabulary of the construction.<rt-red>

The retail and amenity zone at the lower levels consists of a series of stone-clad arches, highlighted with brass trims and metal elements such jaalis, railings, lamps, etc. <rt-red>Jaalis fashioned out of brass embellish the ground floor arches and serve as reminders of the luxurious indulgence of the forgotten era.<rt-red>

Drawing inspiration from the glitz and glamour of the site's legacy, Studio Lotus has explored placemaking opportunities throughout the property — <rt-red>creating a series of immersive and tactile experiences that transport the visitors to another era.<rt-red>