art rickshaw: a fluid gallery in kolkata
Kolkata-based architecture practice Abin Design Studio crafts a new gallery and exhibition space dubbed Art Rickshaw. The place is created not just for the display of art, but as an interactive community workshop for learning, discovering, and provoking. Artists of all media together with enthusiasts are welcomed to explore the space and ‘come together to set out on journeys of creative rediscovery.’ Described by the design team as an ‘imaginatively magical Promethean Island,’ the architecture of the art gallery takes shape as a surreal environment. Upon entering, visitors are invited to ‘detach from their painfully monotonous and rational daily routines.’
images courtest Abin Design Studio
an historic building with a contemporary intervention
Abin Design Studio sculpts the interiors of its Art Rickshaw gallery with a range of undulating ‘islands.’ These fluid surfaces are built of intricate tile-work in a vibrant blue, hoping to inspire artists and children alike. The architects note that the space is designed with the aim of ’embodying the immense potential of the enjoyment of imagination.’ The project stands as an interior intervention, housed within an older building within an historic neighborhood of West Bengal’s capital of Kolkata.
Inside, the original structure has been transformed with archways, ‘breaking the pattern of colonial reminiscence.’ While the use of arches is certainly not new, it reads as a contemporary element within the historic structure. This contrast between new and traditional design styles harmonizes with the fluid and sculptural intervention to create a dynamic space.