Samsung Opera House, India

Built in the 1930s, the Opera House on Brigade Road, Bengaluru, was a popular entertainment venue in the British Cantonment for ballroom dances, theatre performances and Broadway-like operas. The vintage building, once characterised by fine wooden floors, huge chandeliers and a large dance floor, subsequently fell into disuse.

Until 2018, when Samsung Electronics announced that the heritage structure has been turned into the company’s biggest experience centre ever.

Imagine Studio, Mumbai, India

In the Mumbai suburb of Vikhroli, Indian architectural firm Studio Lotus and GPL Design Studio have given a disused industrial complex new life as a modern, mixed-use center. Dubbed the Imagine Studio, the project serves as an experience center for ‘The Trees,’ a flagship adaptive reuse project for Godrej Properties Ltd. Imagine Studio provides new public and private functions while celebrating the site’s industrial heritage.

Text and photos via inhabitat.com

Future Mumbai textile museum, India

From mill to museum
While run profitably until the 1960s, the group of mills were nationalised by the National Textile Corporation (NTC) in 1974, and over the past decade wound down. In a plan first proposed in 2009 — when NTC gave the India United Mills 2-3 to the city as a reserved public space — the Municipal Corporation will open the 15-acre compound to the public in 2019, a century and a half after its launch as one of the city’s first mills.

The museum is planned with exhibits on the history and future of textiles in Mumbai, Maharashtra and India, from handlooms to mills to modern powerlooms. Sadly, NTC still has no clear plans for its 12 remaining mill compounds in space-starved Mumbai.

Dr Shekhar Krishnan is a historian and social scientist who works with the Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation Estates Department. You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter @bombayologist

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https://www.mid-day.com/articles/india-united-mills-nos-23-to-reconnect-with-mumbai-city/19784175