Watson´s Hotel, Esplanade Mansion, Kala Ghoda / Mumbai

in collaboration with Simon Schels

The first cast iron structure building in India (1867-1869) was pre-fabricated in England, shipped into Bombay and assembled on site. Located in the former Fort Precinct of the City, the Watson´s Hotel forms an important corner in the center of the Kala Ghoda Art District. The “whites-only” luxury hotel with its 130 rooms and the glamorous central atrium was closed in 1960. The new owner subdivided the building into individual spaces used for residences and offices. The building has a multi-tenanted and multi-user space pattern. In the absence of any common care therefore, the cast iron structure is now failing. Worn out due to years of neglect, inappropriate additions and physical modifications.

since 2010 / sketches