Excerpt: Memory Box, designed by the architectural firm The red studio, is a studio apartment combined with a gallery and a multi-use space. This Studio-cum-gallery space is conceived out of a collection of artworks, objects, installations and family heirloom furniture. Various space divisions and configurations are further made possible within the internal space at a given time by sliding and folding the partitions between. The partitions thus performs a dual role of uniting as well as dividing the spaces as needed.
[Text as submitted by Architect] Two individual three bed room flats alongside each other sharing a major common wall have been combined together to design a residential studio, an office, display gallery and multi usage space. Various space divisions and configurations are further made possible within the internal space at a given time by sliding and folding the partitions between. The partitions thus performs a dual role of uniting as well as dividing the spaces as needed.
The owner who is himself an avid collector of art and art objects had an intense desire to live amidst art to draw inspiration from it at all times while dwelling within it. Design process thereby envisages making of a place where the boundaries between living, working and display are blurred and intertwined with each other. Interior space is largely kept free by aligning inbuilt cabinets and display cases along the peripheral walls.
Individual pieces of furniture have been carefully selected by the owner from his ancestral family home. Each individual piece of furniture has a strong childhood memory associated with the owner and has its own story to tell. In that sense, overall space serves the function of a repository of sorts where collective memories become intertwined with present day living. Further, alignments of furniture pieces helps to subtly organise and articulate internal spaces. Furniture elements can be classified into stand-alone objects, assemblage of objects and space defining objects.
The overall ambience of the place can be selectively altered by reshuffling the order of these individual elements and their visual connections to each other within the space.