The brief of the project was to create a dynamic and dramatic office space for a new division of a company with varied interests and business. Since the client took this space for a short term lease, the solution had to be a minimum investment on "fixed interiors" with maximum focus on elements that could be moved and reused in future.
Hence the site has a very basic and minimalistic treatment of the walls, ceiling and services. The fixed partitions are panelled with recycled deal wood and gypsum which have been painted in a striking dark gray color (all paints were low VOC). This is complemented by the accent furniture like the reception counter, the director's table, conference room table and meeting rooms - that are made out of teak-wood, that have been reclaimed from the beams & rafters of old demolished buildings. The elegant work stations and filing cabinetry are all built in eco friendly particle board and laminate to complement the rest of the furniture.
The given site has long window along the two opposite faces of the premise. The layout is evolved along the walls, with all the activities like the reception, cafeteria, all the work stations and the full time Director's office have been placed along the windows. The meeting rooms, conference room and the marketing director's office, all of which required extensive visual presentations and needed to be shielded from daylight, have been thoughtfully placed in the interiors of the premises.
The strategic placement of the cafeteria just beside the reception - provides for a casual interaction with customers/clients and also encourages the intra-office communication, This cafeteria leads onto the restrooms and the conference, thus creating the required connectivity and transition in otherwise a completely open office layout.
The restaurant office is a very dynamic space that functions with minimum use of artificial light during day-time. The optimized use of task lights as well as the strategically placed decorative lights, use energy efficient LED lamps which reduces the heat emission and thereby the energy consumption on an overall basis!