IFBE is an outstanding example of adaptive reuse. This 145-year-old ice factory was repurposed into a contemporary space for architecture, design and the arts.
The Bombay Ice Manufacturing Co. (later renamed Ambico Ice Factory) was established in 1880 in a bid to break the European monopoly and provide Mumbai (then Bombay) with a regular supply of ice.
The factory, believed to be the first steam-powered ice production factory, enjoyed a pivotal location in the heritage precinct of Ballard Estate bounded by Cochin and Calicut Streets. The area’s ship and rail connectivity made the factory an intrinsic part of trade in the region.