When Yatin Patel was asked to design the 7,500 square foot office for Armstrong India in Mumbai, a company known for its ceilings and floors, he decided to base his design around a combination of Armstrong products.
To start with, he gave them an open-plan, with intersecting planes demarcating the office into five different zones: reception, lounge, conference areas and an open work space. Yatin has used almost the entire range of Armstrong's latest products to showcase them in a most effective manner - thus most of their ceilings, tiles and floorings stand neatly interwoven with each other in a harmoniously balanced relationship.
The warm and inviting lounge is the area where interactions with customers take place, so Yatin has designed it on an elevated platform and made it the focal point of the office.
The open office area is a double height space, accentuated by the different materials used for the ceiling, which is visible through a subtle slit in the top of the two planes.
The dry pantry zone, in contrast, has a hi-tech look with ceilings clad in different forms of stainless steel in a strikingly innovative way.
The entire lighting system has been meticulously worked out to give this office a modern international look, while providing the occupants with a comfortable internal ambience within - it lends a cool and relaxing atmosphere on the one hand, while providing the company value for money with regards to achieving a relatively high floor space utilization value. Back-lit perforated metal panels at points in the false ceiling add interesting patterns of light and shade, while incandescent light fixtures in the product display area help in highlighting them for the benefit of the customers.
In the Armstrong office Yatin has admirably succeeded in what he had set out to do: showcasing their products in the most innovative way in the most well designed interior spaces.