Big Lotus: Altering the Indian market

Apr 08, 2019

An international appearance with a touch of traditional Indian market defines the ambience of Big Lotus, which is designed by ANS-Design House. The client approached the firm sharing their dream of starting their own store, which would be fresh, cheerful and reproducible pan India, and have some resemblance of a European retail with no false ceiling and exposed services. 90 per cent of the store has been designed and made using packaging wood and the short fall has been completed by using rubberwood, which matched with the raw-wood look. 90 per cent of the material cost had been saved as the wooden bins, which the client was going to throwaway, was later used in the project, thus adopting best out of waste practice. The 1,200-sq ft store houses a 900-sq ft retail area, 100 sq ft cold store and 200 sq ft pantry and packaging area. The 300-sq ft loft for storage is additionally provided, utilising the 13'6" height of the store, thereby giving the client a usable area of 1,500 sq ft in a 1,200-sq ft shop space. The cold store and pantry are separated by a full height partition.

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The logo and branding on ACP stands out on the front façade of the retail with chaat and juice counters welcoming customers at the entrance. The glass façade gives a full view of the interiors of the entire retail, thereby visually forming the extension of the exterior into the interior.

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The vertical vinyl branding on the central column adjoining the main store entry displays a colourful and tempting product list that the store has to offer.

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The suspended wooden ceiling rafters, popping track lights, green columns and the haath gaadis add to the contemporary ambience of the store.

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The fixed island display units for fruits, which are designed across the columns, display minimum 30 kg of different fruits. The displays are designed with a storage unit right below for keeping extra inventory. A 20-mm gap between the wooden slats provides cooling and ventilation to the inventory below.

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Overlooking the haath gaadis, this is the view of the store from the vegetable corner. Imported chocolate and dry fruits display is seen at a distance on the right hand side. Vegetable tokris (basket) are hung invertedly at different heights above the haath gaadi as directional pendants focusing on the product below.

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The angular tray shelves for fruit display is made out of rubberwood. It is placed against the wall, thus giving a further depth to the fruit display area. The second fruit display island unit is designed across the column and is cladded with an artificial turf, thus directing the customers towards the imported chocolate display. The suspended wooden ceiling rafters, popping track lights and green columns, provides the much-needed warmth, giving the store a European touch.

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The natural light and the outer view compliments the clear see-through glass, thus making the space look bigger and brighter.

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The cash counters are simple yet elegant and crafted in wood with duco painted white top capping. The product display on the wall is designed as a backlit wooden frame with glass shelves, giving the whole display a floating effect.

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The backlit wooden product display shelves do not touch the columns and appears to be popping out of the wall with backlighting. Various colours, shapes, sizes and textures of the products displayed makes the display look lively.

About the architect

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Along with his designer wife Shivangi Shahane Phanse, Ar Amit N Phanse is the Principal Architect and Co-founder of ANS-Design House. A 2002-pass out from Pillai’s College of Architecture, New Panvel, he started his multi-disciplinary design practice in 2009. Having worked in every sector of project design with some of the stalwarts of the industry like Jignesh Doshi, Prakash Mankar, Edifice Architects, Sanjay Puri, Jupiter Hospital, Reliance Retail and RNA Developers, Amit draws his inspiration from his design gurus and their work, which is evidently seen in his projects. His work ranges from healthcare, hospitality, corporate, retail, HNI residential, schools, builder and developers to residential projects such as bungalows, villas and farmhouses.

Project details
Client: Lotus Fresh Fruits.
Civil, interior and electrical contractor: JRT Interiors.
AC: Nahur Electronics.



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