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Location:            Kanakpura, Karnataka, India  

Project Type:     Commercial 

Area:                   1,25,000 sqft

Completion:      2010

Project Team:   Gaurav Roy Choudhury

A French Mauritian shirt making company and an Italian fabric company formed Laguna Clothing to make shirts using each other’s expertise. In doing so, Laguna Clothing Pvt. Ltd. Was formed to make the finest formal shirts in India. After functioning for three years in Bangalore with some success, Laguna planned to invest and build its own factory in Kanakpura, 65 km from Bangalore City.

The garment industry functions on pure economical decisions the world over. The project had to be low cost. Along with being low-cost, it however had to engage and represent its world-class lineage. The factory would employ 1500+ workers, special importance was given to them and their working conditions. All of which would help in the efficiency of the factory.

The concept in design came exclusive of the brief. The satire came from this event of a French + Italian company choosing to meet in a factory in rural Karnataka. The main building’s form of the ‘Red Box’ which holds the board room and the executive guest house, comes as a representation of these foreign agencies, detached and yet integrated to the main form of the building which represented the host. The ‘Red Box’ comprises less than 5% of the volume of the building, but yet is integral to the image of it, just like the global economic conditions behind this.

The factory also looks to change the relationship between the staff and the workers. Special attention was given to worker comfort, like natural light and ventilation, bright and airy spaces, etc. The factory uses colour to represent movement on walls and faces almost like a method of signage. The factory also at an ecological standpoint, does not pollute, it recycles all of its water and uses a minimal amount of energy for all its processes. The factory has been recently been awarded by the Economic Times for its holistic quality of functioning.

Factory administrative building at twilight, from the bridge
Factory administrative building at twilight, from the bridge
Admin block staircase with the board-room as viewed from the factory floor
Staircase sandwiched between the boardroom and the factory floor
Internal factory staircase
Corner entry of the admin block
The admin block protruding out the factory volume
The board-room, which overlooks the factory
The admin-block staircase leading towards the exit
The boardroom with its openings, which facilitates views inside the factory premises
Factory viewed from the road during the day
Louvered vent and light for the staircase
The factory training room
Storage in the factory warehouse
The factory viewed at night
The factory viewed from across the road in the evening
Office space within the factory
Factory entrance in the evening
The factory work-floor
Warehouse delivery area
Production Process
Administrative Process
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