Sited in Mumbai’s central business district, Bandra Kurla Complex, Cardboard Bombay is a cafeteria located on the ground floor designed by Nuru Karim, the founder of Nudes- an Indian Architecture Studio.
Arguably, India’s first Cardboard Cafe ( excluding core, shell and services ) the design concept literally explores “out of the cardboard-box thinking”, unpackaged into a 100% submersible cardboard experience that advocates usage of environment-friendly products and renewable energy to combat climate change, global warming.
Cardboard is 100% recyclable and biodegradable. It is an extremely versatile material which exhibits excellent sound absorption properties. It is also comprised of approximately 50% air which makes it lightweight and durable.
In addition, there exists a strong correlation between the geometry of the “micro” sinuous flutings of cardboard sheets and the “macro” sinuous free-flowing forms.
Intricate patterns and textures are created by slicing the cardboard flutings at different angles and curvatures governed by geometric discipline. The entire landscapes of Cardboard Bombay including the cavernous free flowing geometries, bespoke furniture & light fixtures etc have been sculpted from cardboard.
Building with cardboard meant constant exploration and inquiry into material performance. We approached the material as students, constantly diving into research which included prototyping and testing the material in real-world constraints including humidity, water resistance and temperature fluctuations. The Tabletops are impregnated with wax treatment to prevent water absorption and facilitate ease of maintenance.
“Cardboard” a material of humble origins has stood the test of time and has been deliberately injected into the “glass monolithic architecture” of Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Mumbai’s prime central business district to advocate the environmental imbalance of recent trends of urbanism.
We are hoping that this space evolves into a vibrant hub for dialogue and conversation on the role of design, material & technology in protecting the earth’s resources towards a sustainable future.
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