Office rooftop design in Kolkata by Abin Chaudhuri creates a sensorial experience

The rooftop by Abin Design Studio for RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group in Kolkata stresses on the space’s bond with the sky, and uses a canopy installation to explore sensory design.

by Meghna Mehta Published on : Oct 07, 2020

Roofscapes and terrace architecture have gained much importance over a period of time due to the urging exigencies of climate change and the pressing urban densification. In a country like India and its metropolitan areas, where real estate prices touch the sky and cities grow vertically, the terraces not only create value but also transform the untapped rooftop into an accessible area. Residences as well as commercial entities are also exploring possibilities to convert their roofs into innovative destinations for relaxation and leisure.

  • The terrace for RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group corporate office by Abin Design Studio is a ‘space’ for provocation to connect sky, light, water and nature | RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group corporate office by Abin Design Studio | STIRworld
    The terrace for RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group corporate office by Abin Design Studio is a ‘space’ for provocation to connect sky, light, water and nature Image: Edmund Sumner
  • Aerial view of the rooftop of the corporate office where one can reach the circular foyer through an elevator | RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group corporate office by Abin Design Studio | STIRworld
    Aerial view of the rooftop of the corporate office where one can reach the circular foyer through an elevator Image: Edmund Sumner

One such place with exceptional outdoor space and stunning views is the 10,000 square-foot terrace for RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group’s office in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Designed to be the guest entertainment area, the luxury rooftop of the corporate office building emphasises the connect of the space, the building, its people and the urban environment with the sky.

The RPSG Group is a renowned Indian industrial and services conglomerate headquartered in Kolkata. Sensitively designed by the city based Abin Design Studio, the rooftop aims to create an experience that heightens the senses. “What I feel is, in a dense urban city, the roof has always been ‘space’ for provocation to connect sky, light, water and green... nature as a whole,” says Abin Chaudhari, the firm’s principal architect.

From the innovative entrance water court to the glazed dining area, the project attempts to connect natural elements with luxurious detailing providing one with a holistic sensorial experience. “In the design of the RPSG rooftop, we have tried to connect all senses possibly with an experience and we have used installation as a tool to navigate these senses,” adds Chaudhari.

01 min watch The rooftop of the corporate office building, designed to be the guest entertainment area, aims to experientially connect all senses | RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group corporate office by Abin Design Studio | STIRworld
The rooftop of the corporate office building, designed to be the guest entertainment area, aims to experientially connect all senses Video: Edmund Sumner

The design aims to create a generous form of expression by allowing light and air to permeate the surroundings and enhance the lofty location of the venue. The flow of the spaces is fluid in nature, graciously captured in the video shot by photographer Edmund Sumner. While at the terrace, one can move from one space to another – from a water feature to the landscaped greens to the foyer with a fountain element to the reflecting canopy – while being connected to the sky and nature, making one feel liberated in a densely populated city.

  • Seamless bubble-like stainless steel spheres form the canopy| RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group corporate office by Abin Design Studio | STIRworld
    Seamless bubble-like stainless steel spheres form the canopy Image: Edmund Sumner
  • Rooftop plan| RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group corporate office by Abin Design Studio | STIRworld
    Rooftop plan Image: Courtesy of Abin Design Studio
  • The process of creating modules for Abin Design Studio’s rooftop installation at the RP–Sanjiv Goenka Group headquarters in Kolkata | RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group corporate office by Abin Design Studio | STIRworld
    The process of creating modules for Abin Design Studio’s rooftop installation at the RP–Sanjiv Goenka Group headquarters in Kolkata Image: Edmund Sumner

The rooftop of the eight-storey building is covered with a canopy installation of seamless bubble-like stainless steel spheres, which metaphorically highlight the rise of a generation of stalwarts of the company, their aspirations engaging the sky, while tethered to the ground, further reflecting life and liveliness of today’s ongoing celebrations. The ‘celestial’ canopy installation on the rooftop also denotes mirrored pools of thoughts, frozen conversation bubbles and encourages an upward perspective.

  • The rooftop offers new spaces from where one can admire the city of Kolkata | RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group corporate office by Abin Design Studio | STIRworld
    The rooftop offers new spaces from where one can admire the city of Kolkata Image: Edmund Sumner
  • Multiple modules create the canopy installation | RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group corporate office by Abin Design Studio | STIRworld
    Multiple modules create the canopy installation, giving it a form of grapevines Image: Edmund Sumner

The team at Abin Design Studio attempts to provide the rooftop an ever-changing enchanted atmosphere through this rooftop installation, which involved architects, designers, engineers, and fabricators. The installation consists of 752 spheres, each 1-3 in diameter, and are supported by 11 structural columns that are at least 15 feet high. 

Canopy installation planning strategy | RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group corporate office by Abin Design Studio | STIRworld
Canopy installation planning strategy Image: Courtesy of Abin Design Studio

The rooftop and the entire building of the corporate office of RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group experiments with spatial narrative through craftsmanship. Describing the terrace that transcends boundaries of closed office habitats, Chaudhari says, “Under a sky of stars, stands this terrace of rejoicing - of thought and contemplation, of gratitude for blessings and the prospect of a brighter future”.

Project Details

Name: RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group - Office rooftop
Location: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Area: 10,000 sqft
Status: Completed, January 2020
Client: RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group
Architecture, Landscape and Interior Design: Abin Design Studio
Design Team: Abin Chaudhuri, Tilak Ajmera, Arijit Dhar, Paromita Chatterjee, Jibendra Basak, Monomita Banerjee, Bidyut Chakraborty
SS Metal Fabricators: JSL Life Style Ltd
Landscape Consultant: Supermode

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