Yamini at Ishanya Mall, Pune
Interior design for Yamini’s home stores
PROJECT AREA: 1435 sq.ft. | Completed June '07
The new retailing for Yamini at Ishanya aims to draw out the identity of the brand and its aspirations. The design response was two-fold: first to develop the concept of a “wrap” in a way that it transformed itself into a canvas for the display of different products in different ways at different times. This was driven by the fact that the focus was mainly on display rather than stacking of merchandise, which includes fabrics and related finished products. Second was to develop this particular outlet as a pilot project whose processes and resolution could be used as a model for forthcoming showrooms of the brand. This also marks a departure in the design strategy of the previous outlets as the interior space has an architectural spatial quality, wherein elements are designed as a skeleton to receive user-specific additions.
The rhomboid site that was clear of any structural obstructions, left the space completely free for sculptural insertions. The latter took the form of the mentioned wrap in plan that was detailed almost as an open grid with three focus areas - Bed, Dining and Bath. Inspired by the fluidity of fabric and the Mobius strip, the wrap allowed for a changing methodology of exhibiting the products. It is flexible – the entire form gently curves producing variations in height across its length, and provides a framework on the basis of which the extended merchandise range and the various product mixes could be displayed, while remaining a neutral base for the colourful displays.
The wrap modulates itself to produce various types of devices for display, products either hang off it or shelves project from it or the gaps between the rods are utilised as means for showcase. The success of the wrap lies in the simplicity of its structure, a grid formed by horizontal metal rods of varying diameters, which are supported by vertical ones at intervals. The overall impact is of set music piece, where each variation, each dip and rise is well thought of and it all comes together to form a coherent whole.
The entire building has been cocooned in 18” thick random rubble masonry walls which being a good insulator of heat helped in cordoning off excessive heat and had an added advantage of not requiring any plaster or paint over the exterior surface. We chose to go with a vaulted roof over clear storey’s that allow shaded north-south light.
The roof was built using hollow terracotta blocks which were fitted within a grid of precast RCC ribs, which were spanned between semi-circular beams of steel. A thin cement screed with a china mosaic finish over it completed the roof construction, making it economical, light-weight, and cutting out several degrees of heat gain. Several small and large courtyards on the west reduce afternoon heat gain by providing a vegetation buffer. The west also brings in the winds, which are filtered by the plants and trees of the courtyard.