We understood that Zimbra’s purpose was to increase its current capacity in terms of head count, space and a change in the circulation, Technical Add-Ons and re-aligning the interactivity pattern between its 60 plus strong workforce of mix of highly creative, organized and scientific minds with average age of @30.
The concept for the new office area based on the directives, was redefined and realized in order to create a workspace with sorted out functional + visual identity to primarily help Zimbra Team to perform efficiently and at the same time have a sense of celebration and excitement through the interiors.
In Zimbra’s pursuit to make better software products, we assumed that; their energetic team of young and expert professionals, the atmosphere at their workspace which expresses a spirit of freedom and excitement, their imbibed discipline, the office culture that echoes informality and transparent communication historically played a crucial role.
We intended to be a part of the process to create the building blocks that helped create such space by engaging with team Zimbra on all possible occasions, in turn making them the part of process by sharing the thought process, creation of design language, colour palette, selection of various items that go into making the interiors and graphics that get displayed.
For us it was very important to understand and decide what exactly we as a team want to achieve, most difficult part in any design + development cycle, which we thought we conceived, with the synergy that made the whole process a joyride and brought out the best out of each member who had been a part of it.
The broader classification of the spaces
was done in 3 parts – Public areas, Semi-public Areas and Private or Restricted Areas. It made the task of allocation of space simpler and we could seamlessly loop it so that the boundaries between those were seemingly non existent.
The Public Areas were Reception, meeting room for clients at the entrance and the waiting, the Semi-public area enveloped team meeting rooms, conference room, support room, open office zone, game zone, cafeteria and rest-rooms. While the Restricted areas were HR+Admin (NOC), Data Center and Dormitories for ladies and gents.
The following were thoughtfully induced –
Transparent glass partitions with semi transparent lettering graphic films.
Use of warli graphics that added a local flavor and blended beautifully with Zimbra’s orange colour.
Introduction of bright orange carpet accent in the walk-ways.
Custom designed 3-Legged Round meeting tables.
Foot Marks that depicted virtual world which leaves traces (as Zimbra is a pioneering group that works of enterprise email and closed communication).
As Minimum partitions as possible.