Ar Sanjay Arora (bottom), Founder & Principal Architect and Ar Sanchit Arora, the Studio Head Architect at RENESA
The Clients needed something that was never seen in a city like Kanpur and catch the attention of the audience by making an immediate impact through this place. The initial concepts of wanting to play around with the British colonial concepts were studied but then the oomph factor was what the whole team was looking for and RENESA felt that the project needed a funk into this basic monotone scheme of colonial architecture, hence the coming up of basic zebra line work added that dimension which would appeal to the masses!
Pink was a predominant colour that was used throughout the cities under the British Raj. And Cawnpore had a lot of significance related to the Pink monotone shade card as most of the Public buildings were based on the pink series, hence to reconnect with the British colonial scheme and add the quirkiness via the black and white stripes
RENESA Studio felt that a complementary scheme had to be initiated with the zebra stripes but at the same time, needed to be a soft shade that would welcome and attract the audience as well as not be so loud.
Renesa Architects’ ideating initiated from the clients’ love for American film director, producer, actor Wes Anderson's visual style and deliberately limited colour palette combined with his passion for quirkiness along with constructed frames throughout his space.
The love for extreme symmetry and restricted colour palettes can often give a surreal expression. Borrowing from Wes's spatial ideology, we used certain bizarre elements to break the monotony that came through the black and white zebra stripes dipping themselves in the pink monotone.
The Pink Zebra (FIC) sits on one of the oldest buildings of Kanpur and helps in identifying that transition of the old to the new through the design channelling and re-architecture in this playful setting. The site is a fascinating experience of cultivating the idea of the renaissance of old structures in the British Raj Era to the new age Kanpur experience through a very bold and fierceful narrative.
Sometimes, architecture seeks to find a harmony between the disconnect of design and gastronomy through a phenomenological relationship of branding. The Pink Zebra breaks the monotony of the normal style of food culture in Kanpur and creates an exhibition-al blend of architectural elements into the culinary mode.
Team Renesa Architecture Design Interiors
Lighting: White Lighting Solutions - Siddharth Arora,Udit Duggal.
Structural Consultant: Devender Damle
Graphics Team: Sanchit Arora & Pankaj Kumar
Built Up Area: 4000 sq feet approx (Covered +Terrace Area)
Clients: Sagar Bhatia , Jaivardhan Bhatia.
Photographer/s: Saurabh Suryan / Lokesh Dang.
About the Firm
Ar Sanjay Arora is the Founder & Principal Architect at RENESA. He acquired a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee) in 1987 and was awarded one of the top design honors on the Dean’s list. Renesa has successfully completed many projects under his leadership. Prior to starting Renesa in Jan 2006, Sanjay worked for several Indian architectural firms and headed the architectural arm of TURNER MORRISON LTD.
Ar Sanchit is the Studio Head Architect at RENESA. Sanchit acquired a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Sushant School of Art & Architecture, Gurgaon, with scholarship programs from some of the most prestigious universities in U.K. and Europe. Sanchit Arora qualified as an architect with top honors in the University and Dean’s List for his Thesis on ‘The Shadow Spaces’- an architectural look to the existing secluded cremation spaces of New Delhi. Under the guidance of Mr. Sanjay Arora, Sanchit Arora has handled many prestigious architectural projects for a list of marquis clients.