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In the studio of _Opolis Architects

  • Interior Design
Jan 19, 2017
The _Opolis Architect Founders  – Beautiful Homes

Their studio is all about maximising a small space, where every square inch adds up

Located in a quiet bylane in Suburban Mumbai, absolutely nothing about the nondescript building tells you that one of the country’s leading design practices operates from here. But once you troop up the two floors, nestled amid other “regular” doors, is a chic black door with frosted glass that serves a gentle reminder that you are now entering a design haven.


Simple, utilitarian with clean lines define the interiors of the studio. A black wall that also works as a library is offset by a wooden bench, which runs along the periphery of the room. An old Godrej typewriter sits proudly in one corner looking down on rows of stone samples. _Opolis was founded by Rahul Gore and Sonal Sanchetti upon their return from the USA where they worked with Maki and Associates for around a year. “We chose _Opolis as the name because 'Polis' means a city in the Greek language while 'O' is a prefix attached to words in Japan that shows respect or importance, like O-mizu, O-cha, etc. We wanted it to be a practice about the city and the underscore is the open-ended nature of the practice that deals with issues related to cities and our lives. So we wanted a name that was not specific to ourselves but was collaborative in nature,” explains Rahul.


They moved into this studio in 2001, and are now a close-knit 12-member team. Though tight on space, it doesn’t for a minute feel cramped. Every area has been used to its optimum best – be it the room divider that also works as a showcase for their awards, the model making table that fits snug between the work space and the corridor, or even their own desks. Both of them are extremely territorial about their desks, with Sonal occupying the one next to the window. “The greenery out of the window is a rare sight in Mumbai, and I find it very calming, “ she says.


Watching them go about their day at the studio is like watching two friends work together. There’s camaraderie, banter, and unlimited arguments. Some that lead to fantastic design solutions, and others that almost make them tear their hair apart. You can hear Rahul take a friendly jibe at her for piling his side of the desk with papers, as she retaliates in the same bonhomie about his need to tear all papers, including her notes and sketches.

Sonal Sanchetti and Rahul Gore – Beautiful Homes
Sonal Sanchetti and Rahul Gore in front of their enormous library.
A Vintage Godrej Typewriter – Beautiful Homes
A vintage Godrej typewriter takes the pride of place in the waiting area in the studio.
The Material Library at the Entry – Beautiful Homes
The material library at the entry.
The Half Wall use as a Space Divider – Beautiful Homes
The half wall acts as a space divider and a shelf to display their numerous awards.
A View of the Studio – Beautiful Homes
A view of the studio.
The Model Making Table use as a Partition in the Office – Beautiful Homes
The model making table acts a partition between the workspace and the rest of the studio.
A Close Up View of the Model – Beautiful Homes
A close up of the model for one of their upcoming projects.
A Desk with Books, Sketches and Drawings – Beautiful Homes
Sonal Sanchetti's desk is replete with books, sketches and drawings.
A desck with Accessories – Beautiful Homes
In the studio of _Opolis Architects.
A pin board of Inspirational Sketches, Drawings, Images, etc – Beautiful Homes
he wall opposite Rahul and Sonal's desk is a pin board of inspirational sketches, drawings, images, etc.

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