The highlight of the 2816 sq. ft. office space is the double height and the glass facade that
boosts its volume. The requirement was to create a minimal yet dynamic workplace that
would transcend the site conditions. The client wanted to retain the open and voluminous
nature of the site. The brief was to create an un-official ambience reflecting a coffee shop.
Even so the office was to have space for some formal interactions. Yet it had to amalgamate
into one distinct space. The need was also to create an environment to help nurture the
office culture and improve employee communication by keeping the design open. The office
had to have an open design without any visual barriers.
With the given brief the key element was to keep the design functionally and aesthetically
transparent. getting influenced by the glass facade that wrapped the site we decided not to
segregate functions with barriers but let them flow into adjacent spaces. Keeping in mind the
users the design was to make it more un-office like so as to have the same ideology of the
inside-out outside-in. hence we looked at the site as a canvas to paint with a very modern
approach; of keeping it minimal also at the same time vibrant and lively.
While planning; the private functions were pushed away from the voluminous double height
space; the more social lounge was planned in this area. Wanting to give the lounge a more
laid back feel a snack bar counter was planned running parallel to the glass facade. This
also doubled up as a work station area and also to have small discussions. The workstations
were broken up into 12- seater longer tables and 8 seaters. Two medium size meeting
rooms were planned that could be converted into one big conference room. Other than that
one small dedicated meeting room was provided. The client also did not want a separate
reception. Therefore a small seating area was created close to the entry.
The formal of the interactions were to take place in these meeting rooms; keeping in mind
the overall nature of the design we kept the meeting rooms visually open. The design was
laid out in a manner so as to have the work place flow into the lounge area. While designing
we planned for the sort of user movement that would happen throughout the day. During the
start of the day most of them would be at their workstation that was located centrally. As the
day transitioned the lounge would be preferred. Therefore the lighting was also designed
accordingly. Any design is a success when you can functionally utilise as much of the
available space. At the other end of the lounge was a small pocket of area that was not
flowing into the overall planning. So we created a small pod there for one person to sit and
work. We designed the door of the pod to resemble a phone booth. It worked both visually appealing
and functionally. Similarly there were two columns in the centre of the site; we designed one
of the workstations so the columns amalgamated with the design instead of standing out
While designing we also kept in mind the branding of the company; we custom made the
handle to the main door. On exiting from the lift one is welcomed by a solid door with the
brand name; the logo is made in stainless steel and powder coated so as to have a dual
purpose of being used as a handle as well as for their branding. The work stations were not
to be a typical table instead we wanted the top to seem like floating. The work station top
was made thicker and the legs staggered. It was a prerequisite to have a table which had to
make the office look un-official. We opted for a lighter top and darker legs. The electric
supply for each of the tables was taken from the ceiling. Instead of have wire managers we used a
m.s. box section and welded them together to resemble an inverted branch. This branch was
finished in different colours.
We customized the wallpapers to go with the colourfulness of the entire site. The fixed
furniture colour palette was kept neutral and the playfulness was brought in through lights
and loose furniture. The flooring was also chosen accordingly with a mix of patterns. The
glass partition at the entrance; planned to block the washroom entries; have bands of colour.