Malik Architecture has reimagined a historic site in Mumbai's Ballard Estate as IF.BE (Ice Factory Ballard Estate).
Formerly the Ambico Ice Factory, the 140-year-old structures have been restored around a large Banyan tree growing in the courtyard.
The aged buildings, not to mention the Banyan roots growing within them, demanded that the restoration take a meticulous, hands-on approach.
Age-worn plaster was scraped from the factory walls to reveal the brickwork while vintage Burma teak woodwork was resurfaced gradually. The original gantry, once used for ice movement, remains as a partition and art element.
IF.BE's multi-use space now caters to art, exhibitions, events, performances, food and design.