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Piramal Life Sciences Mumbai
Project Facts + Design Team
DateDesign TeamHVAC Engineers
2004Nitin Killawala
Ketan Mistry
Samuel George.
ClientsStructural Engineers
Nicholas Piramal Ltd.Sritec Consultants
Goregaon, Mumbai
Project Area
1,75,000 Sqft

The Nicholas Piramal Research Centre, spread across an area of 1,20,000 sqft, was set to be designed in an existing yarn manufacturing unit, dating back to the 60's.

The design process commenced with the zoning of lab versus the non lab areas, where the requirements for each laboratory - which being specific and unique, largely defined the clusters, within the overall master plan. The non- lab areas were mostly placed at the front corner, limiting the infiltration of visitors within the functional areas.

Here, on arrival one is immersed into a space which starkly contrasts with the simplicity of the exterior. The entrance lobby is flanked by semi- public areas such as auditorium, cafeteria, library and meeting rooms. The cafeteria is demarcated by a transparent glass wall, allowing the activity within - to connect, and enthuse the immediate lobby outside.

The walls of the seminar hall act as a unique canvas for art installations especially commissioned for this project, that along with sculptures as part of the clients collection, have been sensitively integrated within the interiors.

When in most research centre's, process driven requirements pose a constraint. The Nicholas Piramal research centre offers no compromise in the quality of its interior, but only endorses its importance for the efficient functioning of a Pharmaceutical Organization.