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Spaces of relaxation...
By Vivek Sabherwal
Visually Dynamic
MC Offices, Mumbai
Sanjay Puri Architects, Mumbai
Juxtaposing Form with Colour
Yandex St Petersburg Office- 4, Russia
za bor architects, Moscow, Russia
Experimenting with Fluid Lines
Fluid Dimensions CUBIX Office, New Delhi
Spaces Architects@ka, New Delhi
An Urban Microcosm
CV India Office, Bangalore
1 leapingfrog Studio, Bangalore
Great design is something that exists on a spiritual plane...
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Integration of Light and Colour
Cisco, San Francisco, CA
Studio O+A, San Francisco, CA
Innovative Use of Bamboo
Medecins Sans Frontieres, India Office, Doctors without Borders,
New Delhi
NilaA Architecture and Urban Design, New Delhi
Exuberating Vibrancy
Lawyers Office, New Delhi
Shankh, Noida, Uttar Pradesh

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Foster + Partners, London
Reflecting Transparency
Gibraltar International Airport Terminal, Gibraltar
bblur architecture, London/Gibraltar with 3DReid,
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ust as architecture is developing a newer vocabulary in this phase of cultural and


technology evolvements, interior design too is witnessing design diversification
in concept and approach. Take the example of office interiors. One observes a
redefining of spaces with bold experimentation taking the forefront. It is noteworthy
that the designers are treading the unconventional path be it the utility of the colour
palette, form or then material mould. Also, the client receptivity to this approach is
very positive. Global multinational offices have brought in their own set pattern for
design and functionality. The industry today has responded with innovative designs
that have no doubt enhanced the aesthetic content of the interiors. There is no
doubt that the designer today gets to play with more flexible spaces and with larger
volumes. This Issue of the magazine focuses on office interiors that no doubt are
contemporary and breakaways from the routine mould while yet imbibe inspirations
from tradition. They attempt to communicate with the end users.
The published office projects all display a variance in design methodology. They
respond to the demands of functionality of the present. Importantly one witnesses
completely diverse working environs which are uncluttered and more informal.
Interior design elements such as lighting have been handled playfully yet sensitively
thereby enhancing the play of light and shade. They tend to create a relaxed
atmosphere for the users. Appropriate utility of diverse contemporary materials
adds another dimension. Some of the projects have abstraction in office furniture in
terms of shape and form. Take for example the CUBIX office in New Delhiit is
futuristic in concept with fluid forms. In contrast, the offices of the humanitarian
NGO is very rooted to the ground in interior treatment and material selection.
Ciscos new offices in San Francisco are very large in space volumes and depict
ethics of free flowing and smaller interactive spaces to add a cosy ambience.
Another example of evolving high-end distinctive spaces lies embedded in the Naji
Aerotechnic offices in Gurgoan, Haryana.
A section of the magazine that would catch your attention is the one which
reflects the fast emerging dynamics in the design of airports. The published designs
embody the huge technological advancements in the construction of such facilities.
Modern mouldable materials today allow architects to develop vast column-free
spaces in the inside and
generate free flowing
spaces so much required in
the complex functionality
involved in their design.

Month

God is in the details.

Emerging contemporary aesthetics and technology in bridge design Helix Bridge, Singapore

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Reflections

Wiener Walzer

Photo credit: Duccio Malagamba

The dynamic, space-encompassing sculpture at the Regionals zones in the Heinemann Duty
Free Shops at the new Skylink terminal of the Vienna Airport was designed by Vienna-based
COOP HIMMELB(L)AUs Architects in 2012. Based on the concept of Viennese waltz, the
monolithic spatial sculpture was milled from PU foam, coated with Polyurethane and
varnished with gold paint as a reference to the important Viennese time of Art Nouveau.
As an additional dimension, the medium sound is integrated in the design through the waltz
An der schnen blauen Donau(The Beautiful Blue Danube) by Johann Strauss.

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Fast Track Architecture

Announcement

aha Hadid Architects has unveiled its first project in


Brazil. The Casa Atlntica residential tower will
have 11-storey overlooking Copacabana Beach in Rio
de Janeiro. The building will also feature a rooftop
swimming pool.
"Casa Atlntica's
design continues
the liberating
formal composition
and spatial flow
inherent within
Brazil's rich
modernist tradition
and engages with
the unique tempo
and vitality of
Copacabana's
urban beach culture, as well as the fluidity of its
renowned Burle Marx promenade," said the studio in
a statement.
The project was commissioned by Brazilian
entrepreneur Omar Peres. The current height is set at
41.5m. Construction is expected to begin in March.

he International Garden Festival has announced the names of the


designers selected by the jury for the 16th edition of the festival.
The festival will be held at the Jardins de Mtis/Reford Gardens, Canada,
from June 26 to September 27, 2015.
The competition attracted 309 proposals for contemporary gardens
submitted by over 700 architects, landscape architects, designers and
artists from 34 countries. Buzz is the operative word guiding the 2015
Festival with new creations by designers from Canada, France and Israel.
The installations selected by the jury have a special energy and
connection to the natural world. Some of the new gardens selected for
the 2015 edition are Around-About by Talmon Biran Architecture
Studio; Carr bleu sur fond blanc by o.k; I like to move it by DIX NEUF
CENT QUATRE VINGT SIX Architecture and The Archipelago (An Atlas of
Biomes) by Pedro Pitarch Alonso.

Design Initiative

ighting designers Kate and Sam, have joined hands with musician
Matt Johnson (The The) and artist Johanna St Michaels to create
The Inertia Variations a new light and sound sculpture in Gothenburg.
The focus of the first stage of the installation is a nine-metre high
sculpture on the roof of Gothenburgs Rda Sten Konsthall. Inspired
by the Soviet-era Sukhov radio tower in Moscow, its mesh of
illuminated strands is intended to evoke propaganda tools used by
both dictators and revolutionaries. A subsequent stage will see the
tower move inside the gallery, where the viewer will be encouraged
to step inside and explore in an unsettling combination of narration,
soundscapes and music.
On the project, Kate Wilkins, said, I am fascinated by using
lights influence on mood and perception, and in this first stage we
reveal the inner surfaces only, in a white with all warmth filtered
out. The tower looks as we had hoped, and very striking in the
Gothenburgs docks skyline.
Kate and Sam is a partnership of Kate Wilkins and Sam Neuman.
Their current portfolio includes a series of lighting designs for
Wahaca and Llanelly Housea recently restored historic property in
South Wales.
The Inertia Variations is the latest in a series of art-led side
projects for Kate Wilkins. Her previous credits include the opening
of Tate Modern in 2000 and the British Pavilion at the Shanghai
Expo in 2010.

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Updates
Awards

ilanjan Bhowal, founder and principal architect at Design


Consortium, was conferred with the Best Restoration of
Historical Buildings award by The Indian Institutes of
Architects. The award was given for the conservation of national
heritage buildingsKolkata National Library and Govindajee
Temple of Manipur.
While receiving the award, Nilanjan Bhowal, said,
Conservation of built heritage is our social responsibility. This
award is dedicated to all those artisans who worked on this
project to keep the tradition of Terracotta architecture alive.
Among the eminent jury members, included Ar Pradeep
Sachdeva, the founder of Pradeep Sachdeva Design Associates
and Neerja Tikku, professor of Architecture at School of
Planning & Architecture Delhi. There were ten prominent
architects as judges from across the country.

Nilanjan is a specialist in eco-friendly and green housing


projects. He has an experience of over 25 years in the field of
architecture and interiors.

ew Delhi-based architectural firm SPACES


ARCHITECTS@ka has been honoured with
the World Architecture Community Awards.
Sachdeva Farmhouse is one among 20 projects
selected by votes of honorary members.
The aim of the World Architecture
Community Awards is to provide a guide to the

elsinki has been awarded the City


of Design status as part of the
Creative Cities Networkestablished by
UNESCO.
The admittance to the City of Design
Network fortifies
Helsinkis status among
the design cities of the
world, said mayor Jussi
Pajunen. We are happy
and proud to receive this
recognition. UNESCOs
appointment is a fine
continuation to Helsinkis
and Finlands design
tradition and the Design
Capital Year. Helsinki
formed the Design Capital
Year 2012 with partner
cities Espoo, Vantaa,
Kauniainen and Lahti.
In its strategy, Helsinki has made
several commitments to advance and
implement design. Design knowledge is

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contemporary architectural practices in all


countries, and provide an opportunity for local
practices to become internationally recognised
and discussed by prominent scholars. It also
discusses the role of architecture and question
issues of modernism, globalisation, identity,
inequality and development.

considered a reforming dynamic, which


helps develop the services of the city and
make them even more user-oriented.
Design is also an increasingly important
part of corporate competitiveness.

Helsinki wants to participate in the


acceleration of cooperation between
different industries, such as the

integration of design and technology, in


order to generate more international
success stories, said Marja-Leena
Rinkineva, director of Economic
Development at the City of Helsinki.
The application submitted
by the City to UNESCO
focused on Helsinkis
commitment to utilising
design in developing a better
city.
Currently, the Creative
Cities Network by UNESCO
comprises 69 cities, 16 of
which have been appointed
to the network as City of
Design cities, whose key
theme is design and its
utilisation in urban
development. The cities
previously appointed as Cities of Design
include Berlin, Buenos Aires, Graz, Kobe,
Montral, Nagoya, Saint-tienne,
Shanghai, Shenzhen, Seoul and Beijing.

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Awards

rchitect Winy Maas of MVRDV and


project developer Hans Schrder of
Provast was honoured with Rotterdams
Marketing Award by the City of Rotterdam

and Rotterdam Partners. The award was


given for their role in creating the new icon
of Rotterdam Markthal.

The jury report mentioned that with


the realisation of Markthal Rotterdam in
the city centre something unique was
created. In a short period, this building has
become an absolute must-see.
Markthal received one million
visitors in the first weeks
already. Hundreds of positive
publications about Markthal
have been published in the
national and international
press. The project of which the
two winners are figurehead
has played an essential role in
strengthening the reputation
of the city and the brand of Rotterdam.
The jury was impressed by the
determination and passion of both

winners. They have both within their


expertise with a large team of creative
professionals realised an important urban
transformation. This demands a long
term vision, a combination of creativity
and business insight and a passion for
Rotterdam.
Markthal Rotterdam was opened on the
1st of October 2014 by Queen Maxima.
Markthal is the first covered food-market of
the Netherlands and a new urban typology
combining living with shopping. The walls
and roof of Markthal are an arch of 228
apartments. Inside the arch is the art work
Cornucopia by Arno Coenen and Iris
Roskam, and at 11.000m, it is the largest
art piece in the whole of the Netherlands.
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Hacker offers a range of 163 different options in material surfaces, colours and
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Launch

he Energy and Resources Institute


(TERI) and United Technologies
Corporation (UTC) recently launched the
Centre of Excellence for Energy Efficient
Buildings in India. The centre has been
establishled at a time when the
Government of India has introduced the
Smart City Programme to address the
challenge of rapid urbanisation and the
efficient use of energy resources.
The Center of Excellence will work
towards the development of an energyuse reporting framework for existing
buildings, evaluation of the existing
building energy rating systems, derivation
of tool and techniques

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for energy management, real time


reporting of consumption, and
identification and cost benefit analysis of
conservation measures.
The Centre of Excellence shall have a
core research agenda on enabling energy
efficiency in existing buildings in India. The
collaboration between TERI and UTC in
this endeavour shall help unlock the
potential of energy saving in this sector,
said Mili Majumdar, director, Sustainable
Habitat, TERI.
Globally, buildings account for 40 per
cent of the total energy consumption. By
using energy efficient technologies,
energy consumption could be reduced by

up to 60 per cent. In India, the building


sector accounts for approximately 35 per
cent of the total energy consumption and
is growing at a rate of eight percent
annually.
The centre will first conduct a PanIndia study of 100 buildings and is
scheduled to cover a wide range of
climatic zones, covering cities, such as
Allahabad, Ajmer, Vishakhapatnam,
Varanasi, Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Chennai,
Bengaluru, Kolkata,Hyderabad, Pune,
Ahmedabad, Surat, Jaipur., etc. These
have been selected as per the Smart
Cities Programme recently initiated by
the Centre.

Photo credit: Alan Abraham Photography

Communicative Office Interiors

Reception Area Patni Campus, Noida.


The Office building has been awarded LEED Platinum rating and showcases how contemporary interior
could be achieved by following basic principles of energy efficiency and cost effective methods.

Architect: Sheetal Rakheja

Offices of today are more spaces of relaxation,


enjoyable to work with a complete repertoire of
interior landscape & entertainment zones...
By Vivek Sabherwal

he workplace dominates the


working lives of millions of people
on a daily basis and in the 21st
century, has a profound influence not just
on economic development but also on
culture, lifestyle, environment and the
urban landscape. Never in the past have
we seen such swift changes in work
methods following the rapid increasing
acquisition of information technologies.
The scale and complexity of the office has
also grown to a point where it has
become a high tech box for facilitating

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work, however, the architects and


designers do not follow the same rules
applicable in the past. Invention of
internet, e-mail and mobile telephones, in
particular has had a catalytic effect on the
office interiors creating a new paradigm.
Also, designers are exploring the role of
intelligent and green design. Designers
realise the true architectural opportunity
it provides.
The increase in demand for work
spaces, particularly in large cities obliges
architects and interior designers to carry

out feats of ingenuity which on


occasions results in work of art. The
information technology evolution in the
last leg of the twentieth century, changes
in the lifestyles and the development of
new materials and its innovative use has
had a decisive influence on spatial
conception, internal organisation and
the decoration of interiors.
More and more the office interior is
itself becoming obsolete on one hand
and much of the work is being done
outside the conventional corporate

workplace. Property and space are being


seen in different light. Office space has
changed and it no longer has a sterile
appearance. Internal flexibility in many
cases has become the generator for
creating the outside as well. There are
elements that are no longer required in
contemporary offices, large spaces for
storage of information on paper, which
have disappeared to make way for
mobile structures, closed spaces for
intimacy have given way to open spaces,
grey and dull colours which produced
negative effect on workers have been
replaced by striking colours. Also,
materials with unusual texture and its
innovative use are largely explored.
The contemporary office is about
building communication and not just
iconic monuments. Designers are
understanding the client's brief better
and are not just following their
requirements, but are now beginning to
understand the business functions and
the business verticals behind its
operations. Management is less
hierarchical: there are more participative
meetings, as routine work is automated
and working hours have become more
flexible. Designers are giving importance

Ishi Corporate Office, Ahmedabad

Corporate Office, Milan, Italy

Architects: Maurizio Lai Architect, Lai Studio, Milan, Italy

to the maintenance component of the


facilities provided. In this process, colour
and light play an important role. The
palette is muted and sophisticated, some
are exploring different shades of
whiteness and some offices are making
feature of a vibrant colour.

Architects: Hiren Patel Architects. Ahmedabad

Designers are now working closely


with lighting designers and lighting firms
and, they are not just illuminating;
intelligent lighting can help bring in
homogeneity, integrating function,
aesthetics and facilities at the workplace.
One of the clear visible changes is the
rise of laptop computer replacing the
once ubiquitous personal computer (PC)
on the desktop. Flat screen replace the
bulky monitors. Laptops means smaller
footprints on the desk making more
space free for other activities. Printers
have also shrunk in size. General space
saving computers are helped along by
LANs account. For designers LANs
economise space, because they allow
printers, fax and other machines to be
shared among a number of workers,
however, LANs means more wiring
closets. Wireless technology is allowing
people to work in different places in the
office and is no longer confined to one
workplace.
IT-based
building
management systems have made
possible the personal control of heat,
light and air-conditioning. The quality
spaces have changed. Even hierarchy in
spaces have changed. Every single
workstation is designed in the same

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Photo credit: Amitabha Bhattacharya


Ichol Studio Office Interior, Maihar, Madhya Pradesh, reflects the shift from the stereotype office interiors

manner and anyone can occupy the


space. Spaces earlier which were not
considered as office space are now
looked upon differently. Even enclosed
outdoor space has been effectively
adopted as the office.
Power requirements make for a
hothouse effect. Machines have to be
cooled. Although ventilation and airconditioning facilities have become
more flexible than before, even building
them to handle big loads is expensive
business nowadays. Now PCs are more
and more left on the time. Nevertheless,
power requirements in the office are
hard to predict. Architects/designers
have to carefully plan power points.
Office security has bolstered office
hierarchies. In one sense the security has
ensured that the IT systems are not

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The scale and


complexity of the
office has also grown
to a point where it
has become a high
tech box for
facilitating work...
rendered useless by an interruption of
electric power, or by power spikes
caused by photocopiers, etc. However, it
also means security against the wrong
employee getting hold of a particular
piece of information. There is greater
use of closed circuit TV and wider
introduction of electronic access and

Interior Designer: Narayan, Kolkata

thus monitoring of staff. Security will be


a prominent part of the architectural
agenda in offices for years to come.
Flexibility is the key in this knowledge
driven economy of the 21st century that
can accommodate unpredictability and
the designers challenge to represent
physical manifestation of the organisation
in an increasingly virtual world. Offices of
today are more spaces of relaxation,
enjoyable to work with a complete
repertoire
of
interior
landscape,
entertainment zones, physical fitness
centres, quiet spaces, lively bars
increasingly mirroring the peoples needs.
The young professionals want to work
in the offices of today and not in the
bland,
tethered,
inflexible
and
unexciting offices of yesterday.
While designing office interiors,

Photo credit: Jeetin Sharma

architects and interior designers who are


catering to global firms now understand
their perspective in the Indian market and
are designing keeping the future in mind.
Todays clients are demanding, and for
them, concepts of sustainability, longevity
are looking to create a space with strong
aesthetic character. Designers are
experimenting with new materials.
Designers want to tell a story about
the company and its brand through an
experience or journey through interior
spaces. The future office interiors will
have many different work models and
the old dichotomy between open plan
office and cell-like office will be a thing
of the past.
Design consideration includes areas
which provide sensory stimulation,
adjustable furniture, cafes within offices
which provide healthy food, offices
providing abundant daylight, views and
ventilation with outdoor activities.
Contemporary office trends are
increasingly using icons and symbols

Architects: Architecture Discipline, New Delhi

Naji Aerotechnic, Gurgaon, Haryana

that are blending into its traditional


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Project: MC Offices, Mumbai


Architects: Sanjay Puri Architects, Mumbai

15000sq ft derelict factory warehouse with a large


volume offered an opportunity to create an office
with a distinct identity. Volumes based on functional
needs were created within the large original volume, each
with a clearly discernible character and yet juxtaposed
against each other to form a coherent whole.

One enters the office into a 30-0 high volume and main
circulation spine that leads one further inside, flanked by two
level fluid structures on either side. One houses the corporate
departments and is enveloped by a free flowing punctuated skin
of stacked plywood while the other houses the legal department
and is sheathed in a kaleidoscope of coloured glass.

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1. DIRECTORS ROOM
2. MEETING ROOM
3. TOILETS
4. SERVER ROOM
5. ELECTRIC ROOM
6. CABIN
7. STORE
8. CAFETERIA
9. PANTRY
10. DISPATCH

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1. DIRECTORS ROOM
2. MEETING ROOM
3. TOILETS
4. ATUL RUIAS CABIN
5. CONFERENCE ROOM
6. WORK STATION
7. PANTRY

FIRST FLOOR PLAN

SECTIONS

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FactFile
Client: Market City
Design team: Sanjay Puri
Consultants: Mahimtura Consultants (Structural); Sanjay Puri Architects
Built-up area: 650sq m
Cost of project: Rs 2,70,00,000
Year of completion: 2009

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The main staff seating is within the large volume and


suspended over one side of this is an egg-shaped conference
room. Glass bridges connect the three volumes allowing each
its own identity.
The original cement sheet pitched roof was removed and
a curvilinear roof, to add to the fluid character of the spaces
within, was constructed transverse by a skylight of varying
width directly over the main circulation spine accentuating
the main path of movement while allowing natural light into
the office throughout the day.
The design achieves an architectural overture to the
interior spaces creating a unique assemblage of smaller
volumes within the large original volume and creating the
feel of walking through an interior street where the visual
perception is always dynamic.

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Project: Yandex St Petersburg Office- 4, Russia


Architects: za bor architects, Moscow, Russia

he office of Yandex in Saint Petersburg is the brightest


and the most unusual office of the company with lots
of original visual solutions. As the company has been
dynamically developing within the last years, it required
more new space for the office. So, they started with 1800sq
m in Saint Petersburg in 2008, and by 2014 the office has
grown to occupy about 10000sq m and three floors. Its last
part, the fourth one, occupies the third floor of Benua
business centre.

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THIRD FLOOR PLAN (PART A)

THIRD FLOOR PLAN (PART B)

Since the architects were familiar both with the businesscentre space, the client and the builders, the work went
smoothly. The client wanted to see an interesting office which
would be combined well visually with a very bright part
located on the fifth floor and with the quieter offices on the

fourth floor. As a result, the office got the advantage of the best
style solutions created throughout the years of work, and since
during this time the search engine design changed repeatedly,
there appeared new designer solutions related to the corporate
symbols of the client. Now it is a new story about Yandex in

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Interior shots of the project...

which many flat icons have become 3D, there appeared


contour embodiments in the form of cuts on the walls which
create recognisable contours of the symbols familiar to millions
of the search engine users. Thus, according to the architects
plan, there takes place the immersion of the office guests and
employees in Yandex services with which they normally interact

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in the two-dimensional screen plane. In the finishing


ecologically friendly materials of the last generation are used
industrial carpet, plasterboard; one of the walls is covered with
stabilised moss.
Because of the business centre planning peculiarities, the
office which stretches along almost 200m long corridor, has

plenty of negotiation rooms and informal communication


zones. Because people work round-the-clock here, at the
employees disposal there are shower rooms, a dining-room,
coffee points and recreational zones so the office space
provides a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.
Photo credit: Peter Zaytsev

FactFile
Client: Yandex
Design team: Peter Zaytsev, Arseniy Borisenko (Architects);
Nadezhda Rozhanskaya (Decorator)
Contractors: Techproject
Built-up area: 3310sq m
Year of completion: 2014

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Experimenting with
Fluid Lines
Project: Fluid Dimensions CUBIX Office, New Delhi
Architects: Spaces Architects@ka, New Delhi

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he office for the real estate consultant has been


conceptualised as a modern white office with fluid
forms. The client requirement was to have two MD
cabins with an eight-seater conference room with a reception
and waiting area. The site being linear with 14 width and a
depth of 80 posed a challenge to create individual cabins,
which were placed one behind the other linearly creating a

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corridor space connecting them. To avoid this, the conference


room was placed at the centre of the space and designed in
elliptical oval form to have free flow. The cabin behind was
designed with an angled glass partition to connect the
corridor space with the interior space visually thus creating
interesting movement and transition spaces.
The service areas are kept in the front side just behind the

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2. WAITING AREA
3. RECEPTION
4. PANTRY
5. TOILET
6. WORKSPACE
7. CONFERENCE AREA
8. DIRECTORS ROOM
9. MDS ROOM

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reception. The front of the office being 11 with kitchen wall


in fluid profile forms a backdrop for the reception. A building
model design has been placed vertically on the wall in front
of the reception adding character to the space. The reception
table designed follows the fluid concept of the space with
abstract backlit panels, in harmony with curved back wall
which takes a peel form, the top curve panel extending
towards the workstation and other supported by an angled
column. The ceiling in the front area has abstract forms with
the one above the reception having multiple battens with a
semi-elliptical backlit panel.
The conference room has multiple layered panels with a
glass slit, the form at the centre acts as a transition dividing the
office in public and semi-private spaces. The fluid extends to
the ceiling and to the hanging light also. The conference table
has been designed by combining multiple curved panels fixed
together with a glass top in elliptical shape. The floor has a
backlit glass floor creating an ambience in the space. The
corridor leading to the rear room has been designed with
multiple project image displays in black with fluid form ceiling

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in abstract-shaped backlit panel reflecting the pattern on the


floor also. The cabin behind the conference has angled glass
panels on either side to visually connect with the outer space.
The glass panels are intersected by curved partition which
extends from the rear room to the corridor extending to the
conference room partition supporting the glass door below. The
ceiling of the cabin designed in curved profile with multiple
grooves has an abstract-shaped ceiling hanged below. The fluid
and abstract form extends to the furniture designed in the
space. The rear MD room has two MD tables with a sofa, the
flooring has black tile in contrast to the grey used outside to
create transition, and the ceiling has been designed in fluid
form with an abstract shape painted black. The MD table has
multiple glass panels fixed together with abstract-shaped panel.
The design concept was intended to try and experiment with

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fluid forms; also it was a challenge to create a white interior


space. The design and concept was very raw for the architects
style of working, and the execution involved a lot of site visits
which involved redesigning and refining.
Photo credit: Bharat Aggarwal

FactFile
Client: Mr Deepak Jain
Design team: Kapil Aggarwal, Pawan Sharma
Contractors: CUBIX Pvt Ltd
Built-up area: 1200sq ft
Cost of project: Rs 60 lakh (approx)
Year of completion: 2013

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Project: CV India Office, Bangalore


Architects: 1leapingfrog Studio, Bangalore

The curve at the entry separating the reception and cafeteria, with the acoustic doors to the studio and editing suites seen behind

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'The Street', flanked by the brick wall on one side and the 'portal' on the other, extending to meet the city at the far end

odays office spaces are in a constant state of


evolution. They adapt, interface with the user and
even emote. The clients of the project were aspiring to
establish their media and software development centre in
Bangalore with a similar intent.

They presented the architects with a complex brief that had


both functional and open-ended requirements to house over
50 employees involved in ideation and software development
across two levels. Both offices, though symbiotic, were also to
remain autonomous with a strong sense of continuity.

The 18' long workstations culminating at the discussion table, set against the backdrop of the city beyond

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ISOMETRIC VIEW OF LEVEL 1

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2. WORKSPACE
3. DISCUSSION AREA
4. CABIN
5. CONFERENCE ROOM
6. SERVER ROOM
7. EDITING
8. STUDIO
9. CAFETERIA
10. LOUNGE
11. TOILETS

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2. WORKSPACE
3. ALTERNATE WORKSPACE
4. CABIN
5. CAFETERIA/RECREATIONAL
6. LOUNGE
7. TOILETS

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The curve becomes more than a wall, lending itself to accommodate polished mdf display shelves

The architects re-interpreted this with the intention of


creating an open work culture that reinforced creativity while
responding to a highly technical environment. Visualised with
honest materials and exposed services, the space was
intended to create an atmosphere that would enhance the
experience of those within it, as well as their work.

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Integral to the investigation of the space and the brief were


studies into four parametersthe formal vs informal, the
orthogonal vs the curve, order vs the free plan and
transparency vs opacity. By juxtaposing each of these, the
architects have attempted to capture something ethereal, in
form, function and materiality. The result was a space that was

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The 'cafe' features a fully equipped pantry with a counter that can service the workspace as well, seating for 20 and a TT table at the rear

The caf transforms into a hall for 50 during presentations

transformative, intuitive, intimate and eclectic.


The media centre on level 1, embraces a bold curve that
both integrates and separates, penetrating the length and
breadth of the space. Organised on its either side are spaces
both, open and enclosed, ambiguous and functional. Set along
a linear organisation, spaces are designed to be open and

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The portal forms an intriguing canopy at the entrance with it's plywood
profiles and curved glass members

transparent where required, as well as built and opaque where


function demands, working with the curve at all times. The
workspace and cafeteria form two strong spatial variations on
either side of the curve and the entry threshold.
The software development office on level 2, is set around
the idea of a miniature street, one that links various built forms,

The portal - 3 large screen tv's keep the bangalore office connected and in sync with their international counterparts at all times

The sights of the city- the street pierces through the office and the
lounge, leading to the caf

The informal lounge space

The custom designed hanging light traces the wrap of the workstations
around the space

such as the office, cafe, library and the alternate workspace,


tied together within an urban setting. At the centre of it all, is
the grand object', a digital portal through which the office
connects with their international team across the rest of the
globe. In principle, the architects have attempted to build an
urban microcosm around the portal, absorbing from its
sculptural energy.
In both levels, a bold brick wall runs across the movement,
creating a backdrop that is tactile and evokes a strong sense of
place. A conscious effort has been made to work with low cost
and low maintenance materials that express the aesthetic ideas
and design intentions of the space. The palettes of materials
used are grounded yet sophisticated. Exposed concrete, metal,
timber and glass create an urbane working environment, while
giving one enough freedom to personalise the space with
posters, art, books and objects. Industrial filament lights,
exposed ducts and electrical conduits reinforce the authenticity
of the space. Both floors also have flexible spaces integrated
into the design like the cafeteria, which doubles up as
presentation spaces or can be used for recreational purposes;
while the lounge spaces can be used for group meetings or
skype conferences.
In its entirety, the new office is a purpose driven
space for creative independence and dependence, ideas
and ideation.

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FactFile
Client: CV India
Design team: Bhyrav B R & Aatira L Zacharias
Consultants: Aisumi India (AC), INA Electro Systems (Electrical), Miltis
Technologies (Networking), Sigma Byte AV Solutions (AV)
Contractors: 7inch Interiors & Anarghya Constructions
Built-up area: 7000sq ft
Cost of project: Rs 1.4 crore
Year of completion: 2014

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Harley Davidson Corporate Office, Gurgaon

Photo credit: Amit Pasricha

Great architecture and indeed great design is


something that exists on a spiritual plane...

Prof Mike Knowles (FRSA)

t's common knowledge amongst


friends and colleagues that I hate the
notion of Trends in Interiors'. There is
development, there is growth, there is
even evolution, but no trite ideas that
constitute Trends.
Great architecture and indeed great
design is something that exists on a
spiritual plane, not something that is
purchased at the local mela. (On that note
I must add a definition. When asked the
question, What is the different position in
the grand stream of things of architects
and designers the answer most surely is
Architects sit at the feet of God, designers
sit on his lap!).

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Of course there is progress in terms of


new material, new ideas in technology
and
improved
standards
of
environmental concern. That's not
trends, that's development.
What matters in office space evolution
is the changing attitude of bosses and staff
as to how we work more efficiently and
effectively, which in truth means how to
improve the working environment to the
stage where it is valued and enjoyed.
The Bob Cratchit/Scrooge scenario is
long since buried, well certainly in
enlightened organisations.
Its an absolute truth that a well
planned, well lit and sensitively created

environ will produce creative, efficient and


progressive work. A badly kept, dirty and
dingy environment will produce dirty,
dingy results, dirty dingy thinking. Dare I
use Government Offices as an example,
although I have seen some very interesting
paan stains on corridor walls! That said,
PM Narendra Modi has recognised this
problem and there is hope for change in
all directionsa proof of the argument if
ever there was one.
One of my most enjoyable and
rewarding office interior projects I have
worked on was the refurbishment of Sky
Properties, in central London. The
owners were brothers, Martin and John

Sky Properties, Central London

Rose. Martin had graduated from a


university a couple of years before we
met and John newly graduated. Their
father was part owner of a very
successful development company. He
died very early in life leaving the boys in
charge of what was a property empire.
They were young, inexperienced and
of course they were devastated by the
loss of their father. They also had a lot
of responsibility thrust upon them, a
huge property portfolio, very many
projects to manage and a large
workforce to maintain.
The existing offices they were working
out of were quite hippy to say the least.
Disorganised, overly fun and quite
dysfunctional. A happy place to work in,
thats true, they are both lovely characters,
warm and generous. But they were not
being taken seriously and that affected the
business. The happy go lucky feel, on one
hand, attracted people who wanted to
take advantage of their wealth and on the
other hand made their serious business
partners a little apprehensive as to the
seriousness of their business.

Designer: Mike Knowles and Associates

The new office, as seen here, allowed


the guys to show their personalities, but at
the same time were slick, serious,
important. They exuded success and
confidence. This changed the nature and
the success of the business dramatically.
Overall a great success with many awards
to follow.
Trends? Notice the giveaway on the
desks. No computers, this office was
designed nearly 30 years ago. The only
hi-tech was the intercoms between the
rooms and the ability to open gates to
the outside courtyard from their desks.
But quite advanced in those days.
When I first moved to India I
lamented the fact that very few architects
and designers that I met really
understood space but I was fortunate
enough to meet Manit and Sonali Rastogi
of Morphogenesis fame. So when A+D
asked me to write this piece I decided to
solicit their input. Although I am still very
much in practice, education has taken on
the major role in my life. Morphogenesis
has been involved in a great number of
projects over the years. Interestingly, I did

not give any form of direction or brief


regarding my perspective. The outcome
is interesting, if not unexpected.
Their views; We strongly believe
that office interiors, if designed well,
can serve as a powerful catalyst in
driving
innovation,
influencing
employees behaviour and leveraging
maximum
productivity.
The
contemporary discourse around office
interiors and workplace design has seen
an increased focus on certain aspects of
workplace design pertaining to
flexibility, informality, wellbeing,
hierarchy and technology.
The idea of flexibility and activitybased choices have become a highly
discussed component of office interiors,
largely due to its direct relation with the
diverse nature of work that a
contemporary workplace entails. An
ideal workplace must provide varied
spaces conducive to the nature of the
activity. To this end, we have seen
emergence of office interiors that are
fused with multifunctional spaces
catered towards group activities as well
as individualistic contemplationspaces
that offer both casual group interactions

View of MDS Table - Fluid Dimensions


CUBIX Office, New Delhi
Architects: Spaces Architects@ka, New Delhi

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and pockets of solitude when required. On


the other hand, while there is a growing
backlash on the distraction and
inefficiency generated from open office
plans, as a whole open office plans have
continued to dominate. Lower walls and
continuous working station are often
perceived as the containers to nurture
collaborations and team work.
There has also been a significant rise of
informal spaces within the office interiors
aimed to counteract the traditional
workplace/home dichotomy. The idea of
rendering the workplace more homely
by incorporating informal spaces such as
living room, energy pods (nap stations),
kitchenette, food courts, etc., is slowly
gaining momentum. As an example,
Googles Hyderabad office incorporates
local visual elements, such as a houseboat,
cycle rickshaw and Ambassador car as
informal spaces to make its employees feel
home. We have also seen an emergence
of the new office development known as
the Bossless office that aims to break the
traditional hierarchy in an organisation by
eliminating special cabins and offices to
achieve a flattened management model.
The idea of wellbeing, both physical
and psychological, has exerted a
tremendous influence on the recent
movement in office interiors. It is not
uncommon to find adjustable standing
desks, workout stations and meditation
pods that offer platforms for employees to
exercise and remain physically stimulated.
In order to address the psychological

India Glycols Corporate Office, Noida

wellbeing, a lot of emphasis is placed on


the daylight, openness, view and inclusion
of design elements based on biophilia.
The influence of technology on the office
interior is also very evident. Portable
devices and modes of communication
have given birth to fluidity in the nature
of interiors and led to the elimination of
the need for physical presence of the
employees at all times in the office. Some
organisations have gone so far as to allow
24x7 access to the workplace to ensure
that the monotony of 9-5 pm is broken.
What we have yet to see is a trend that
capitalises on the local context. All of the
above mentioned trends are devoid of the
workplace habits resulted from the cultural
context and it is our role as architects to
first identify them and subsequently
incorporate them into the design.

Photo credit: Andr j Fanthome

The common thread of great design


thinking. Interesting how it has developed
into a pure language. I would like to
conclude by sharing probably my most
meaningful experience when it comes to
owning space, for ownership by the
designer and ultimately the client is what
its all about.
I worked some years back on the offices
of the famous advertising house, Saatchi
& Saatchi when it was being steered by Dr
Kevin Roberts. Dr Kev was a remarkable
man. His work month was made up of
two weeks in New York, one week in
London and one week in his native
Auckland. Thus, every month he
circumnavigated the globe. Remarkable!
This was in the age of the computer
and what is even more remarkable is
that Dr Kev only ever worked from
printed files and never more than three
at a time. These were carefully placed on
the enormous desks that I designed for
him. No clutter, no unnecessary debris.
Great thinking.
The walls of every office were clear
glass, breaking down any corruption of
one-to-one
and
one-to-all
communication. Now that really is
inclusive and shared office space. It was
magic and it worked magic.
So the simple conclusionclean,
comfortable and transparent. Try it Mr
Modi, you will enjoy the results...
Prof Mike Knowles (FRSA) is the dean of Sushant

Workplace - Lawyers Office, New Delhi

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Interior Designer: Shankh, Noida, Uttar Pradesh

School of Design, Gurgaon.

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Integration of Light and Colour


Project: Cisco, San Francisco, California
Architects: Studio O+A, San Francisco, California

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he panoramic view of San Franciscos waterfront visible


from Ciscos new offices in some ways set the theme
for the design. From almost any angle the visual impact
is of light, spaciousness, bright colour and long sightlines.
Meraki, which was recently acquired by Cisco Systems, makes
wireless routersand takes pride in the elegance of their
design. The architects sought to build the space the way
Meraki builds its productswith an emphasis on simplicity
and seamless ease of use. But it was also mindful of the
importance to the companys identity of the Cisco-Meraki
merger. Located in the rapidly changing Mission Bay
neighbourhood, Ciscos 110,000sq ft suite of offices now
becomes the companys principal San Francisco location.
At the outset, the architects surveyed Merakis employees

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to find out what they liked about their old, much smaller
headquarters. A consensus emerged for natural light, plenty
of collaboration space and preservation of the companys
tightly-knit culture. The size of the new space and the
prominence of its floor-to-ceiling windows made
collaboration and natural light relatively easy bills to fill. The
design offers a variety of meeting spaces formal and
informal, indoor and outdoor, many of them bathed in the
crystalline light of San Francisco Bay. The scale and the light
support both a rich palette of colours and design elements
tailored to the broad canvas: a wide staircase with integrated
stadium seating at its base, a meeting room showered from
above with hanging tillandsia plants, an outdoor deck with
views of the Baseball Park and Bay Bridge.

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4. TOILETS
5. BREAKOUT
6. CONFERENCE ROOM
7. WORK ROOM
8. GAME ROOM
9. COFFEE AREA
10. RECEPTION
11. STORAGE
12. HUDDLE
13. VIDEO CONFERENCE
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Maintaining Merakis cosy ambience in the hangar-sized


complex proved more challenging. The architects solution
was to create a medley of small gathering spaces within the
large footprint. Sunken seating brings intimacy to horizontal

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common areas while preserving broad sightlines. Yurts,


cabanas and phone rooms offer varying levels of enclosure.
And throughout the office, informal lounge spaces allow
passing colleagues to sit down and talk.

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A few interior shots of the office...

Despite the richness of the finishes and the wide array of


typologies deployed, this is not a project that feels overly
designed. One of the goals was to give Cisco a canvas on
which to paint their own pictures. In lieu of pervasive
branding graphics, ubiquitous chalkboards, whiteboards and
corkboards were provided so that the employees could
sketch, write and pin-up graphics meaningful to them. As
might be expected of the companys strongly do-it-yourself
culture, mobility and adaptability were big factors in the
selection of furniture and workstations. These are people who
like to move things around.
Photo credit: Jasper Sanidad

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FactFile
Client: Cisco Project Team: Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Perry Stephney, Clem
Soga, Steve Gerten, Elizabeth Guerrero, Chase Lunt, Alma Lopez, Caren Currie,
Sarunya Wongjodsri, Justin Ackerman, David Hunter, Jeorge Jordan, Olivia Ward,
Kroeun Dav, Chase Lunt, Sarah Dziuba, Will Chu
Contractor: Principal Builders
Consultants: A R Sanchez-Corea & Associates (Permit Consultants), WSP Flack
and Kurtz (MEP Consultants), Beryline (LEED Consultants), RAS Design (Kitchen
Consultants), Pannu, Larsen & McCartney (Structural Engineers)
Date of occupancy: 2013
Gross square footage: 110,000

Communicative Office Interiors

Innovative Use of Bamboo


Project: Mdecins Sans Frontires, India Office, Doctors without Borders, New Delhi
Architects: NilaA Architecture and Urban Design, New Delhi

edecins Sans Frontieres, Doctors without Borders


is a Nobel Peace Prize 1999 winning French
Humanitarian NGO operating in India since
2000s. With their activity growing in late 2012, they were
operating out of seven small office spaces in Defence Colony.
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combine all into one office space in Lajpat Nagar next to the
metro station. Two floors from an institutional building were
taken on a lease to start the MSF India Office. Several
brainstorming sessions with MSF team members lead to a
programme that created flexible office spaces for 60 fulltime
staff and 20 international visiting personnel. Since, each

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7. OPEN OFFICE AREA


8. SERVER ROOM
9. PANTRY
10. SERVICE AREA/STORAGE
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2. CONFERENCE ROOM
3. MEETING ROOM
4. RETREAT ROOM
5. GENERAL DIRECTORS OFFICE
6. SKYPE ROOM

7. OPEN OFFICE AREA


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9. LIBRARY
10. SERVICE AREA/STORAGE
11. TERRACE
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member works in multiple team groups and contexts, nodal


interactive areas including an indoor amphitheatre to cater to
the needs of humanitarian planning and disaster response
teams were planned at each floor.
The idea of a humanitarian shelter or a tent was seen as
an influence and key areas in both floors were seen as shelter
pods that were meeting rooms and interactive workspaces. To
create an open workspace, an organic approach was taken to
develop modular workstations that joined to form one
continuous work surface almost signifying the human bond in
each team member and collaborative approach in their work

ethics. These workstations could be moved and recombined


as and when teams changed to form new collaborative
groups. The link table design was a cluster of three wedge
workstations which link to one another and form a surface.
On both the floors, a bamboo screen acts as large
freestanding curve that connects various meeting spaces and
also creates a degree of visual enclosure to the work areas
from the reception and public areas. Recycled crate wood
was used to create the shelter pods and flooring. Custommade conference tables were designed from bamboo and
scrap wood generated from site. The whole north wall is

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designed as a slider wall with three layers of movable


boards pin board, white board maker and back painted
glass marker panels. This enables the teams to work
interactively around their workstation mini-enclosures. All
the false ceiling was stripped off to let in higher ceiling and
an exposed system of HVAC ducting and suspended metal
trays for flexible lighting and wiring infrastructure.

FactFile
Client: Mdecins Sans Frontires
Design team: Nishant Lall (Principal Designer), Hena Singh, Shiv Pratap, Nalin Singh
Consultants: Peeyush Sekhsaria (Co-designer); Krishna Engineering Services, Delhi
(Electrical Consultant)
Contractors: Rao and Company, New Delhi, Bamboo from Wondergrass, Nagpur
Built-up area: 9000sq ft
Cost of the project: Rs 1 crore
Year of completion: 2013

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Communicative Office Interiors

Exuberating Vibrancy
Project: Lawyers Office, New Delhi
Interior Designer: Shankh, Noida, Uttar Pradesh

he lawyers office is a small office of 1600sq ft. The


strength of the office is one senior advocate with nine
associates and five supporting staffs. It is a young and
highly energetic office with the main person being highly
energetic, exuberant and visionary, having a zest for life and
work. The office ambience is of a young, playful and a
corporate look.
The advocates room depicts his personality in the form
of a huge solid iron table, denoting the strength and
perseverance of his being. Two walls lined with books depict

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2. CABIN
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The office was conceptualised to show the vibrancy and


the energy of all the young associates of the office in the
form of open glass panelled workstations with working
spaces defined through book lined partitions. Each
workspace has its own light fixture and filing units. The
enormous collections of books and law journals are
highlighted all around the space giving it the professional
theme and aura.

the learned state of mind and a glass wall overlooking the


entire office shows an open mindedness and willingness to
share and care. His personal ambience has an aura of
sensitivity and strength.
The entrance foyer and the reception is always the face of
a company. Here, it shows a young positive ambience yet in
touch with the corporate look and feel.

FactFile
Client: Legal Audit Inc
Design team: Nupur Madhav (Interior Designer); Preeti Saini (Junior Designer)
Consultants: Shankh
Contractors: Jaangid interiors
Cost of project: Rs 35 lakh
Year of completion: 2014

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Communicative Office Interiors

The Grey Office

Project: Naji Aerotechnic, Gurgaon, Haryana


Architects: Architecture Discipline, New Delhi

rafting a high-end, distinctive office space for a client


engaged in manufacturing non-avionic components for
the airline industry, the requirement was to create an
engaging office for two principals, the team of 8-10 people, a
clean room and a meeting room in an area of about 1100sq ft.
The site occupies an unusually angular corner in an otherwise
non-descript mixed-use commercial development. There were
no wet areas, the space was divided and there was minimal
daylight from a dark curved glass towards one edge of the
space. The glass did however, admit a lot of heat due to its
southern aspect and there was no possibility of upgrading the

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FLOOR PLAN

1. OFFICE
2. WAITING LOUNGE
3. RECEPTION

4. CLEAN ROOM
5. MEETING ROOM
6. PANTRY/STORAGE

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glass for better insulation. The challenge lay in infusing positive


and dynamic energy into a deeply compromised shell. The
space had to convey the image of the organisation and the
programme it had to perform.
The first intervention was to open up the area by
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available space and make it look larger and brighter. A dark


grey wall interfaces between the common public area and
the space, relieved only by a broad glass door into which the
signage is integrated. The internal layout was then planned
around the central idea of a non-orthogonal geometry to
create more visual depth. As one enters, two dynamic walls

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of multi-wall polycarbonate sheet create a complex field of


view, where ceilings descend into walls and fold, twist and
bend. Supported on a diagrid metal frame, these undulating
walls create the parti a sinuous, snaking central space that
is flanked by work areas with varying degrees of enclosure.
The floor, although static in its horizontality, is composed
entirely of distorted triangles in muted shades that further
animate the space. A curvilinear free form meeting room was
planned at the glass periphery, creating a visual focus for the
space, while at the same time, limiting the heat gain into the
rest of the office since the meeting room would be used only
sparingly. Wrapped in a double layer of acrylic, this
represents the culmination of all lines of sight, finally resting
on a static object.
The high ceiling was primarily left exposed and painted
dark grey to disappear behind the floating pendant lamps

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that are scattered through the office. These concentrate lights


on the polycarbonate walls, the light shimmering as it reflects
and refracts through the cross grained double layers. The
ethereal nature of light through a screen is a fundamental
design ethos of the studio and this is further elaborated in
the design of the translucent dark screen towards the curved

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glass. The dark grey colour mutes the intense glare and
further controls the heat gain into the office. Although the
air-conditioning was provided by the building, two ungainly
air handling units were accommodated in the area. The
trapdoors have been planned as huge animated sliding
sections in order to make them disappear.

While light draws attention to the glass, these units are


placed together at the far corner right at the entrance of the
office. Being darker they virtually disappear behind two
floating voids of intense white which are suspended to
further animate the ceiling and enable movement of the
eye, so that the space does not appear static.
An oddly-shaped meeting room with a further, strangeshaped table inspired by the section of an aircraft wing is
conceived at the heart of the office. All furniture has been
designed by the architects, in a format that is highly visually
engineered with crisp, well-detailed workstations. The space
was conceived primarily with the intent of augmenting
natural light and enhancing views through technique and
technology; therefore atypical, Herman Miller ergo-positive
chairs are used. Colour has also been appended to the space
by means of these chairs and by highlighting the bottom
exposed edges. Two such varieties, the Sayl (for the
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used. The Sayl is primarily inserted as an architectural


element, with a mesh at its back. While experimenting with
inexpensive finishes and in an attempt to not overdo the
materials, a dramatic palette is achieved by manipulating
regular enamel paint to benefit an expensive and easy-tomaintain finish.
Photo credit: Jeetin Sharma

FactFile
Client: Jitinder Piplani (Naji Aerotechnic)
Design team: Akshat Bhatt, Nikhil Auluck
Consultants: Architecture Discipline (Mechanical, Electrical & PMC),
System Aircon (HVAC)
Built-up area: 2200sq ft
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Judges for the evening (Left to Right): Mr. Upamannyue Roychoudhury, Ms. Geetika
Sasan Bhandari, Dr. Shilpi Reddy, Ms. Shilpa Reddy, Ms. Ishita Singh, Ms. Sona Reddy

Mom & Mes stall at the event

Winners All: The title holders on the stage, with their titles

Child magazine and Cordlife, a leading stem cell banking organization, organized and hosted NeoLife at Hotel Radisson Blu in Hyderabad on December 27, 2014. An exhibition and fashion show for pregnant women, the event
saw many moms-to-be from the city participating enthusiastically as they
showed off their baby bumps in outfits provided by Mom & Me.
The judges for the fashion show included Shilpa Reddy, model and
fashion designer; Sona Reddy, founder of Room Therapy, a decor store that
has recently been launched in the city; Ishita Singh, a fashion designer whose
label is Anhad; Dr. Shilpi Reddy, a gynaecologist and obstetrician from The
Birthplace; Upamannyue Roychoudhury, GM, Sales & Marketing, Cordlife;
and Geetika Sasan Bhandari, Editor, Child magazine. The clothes for the
first two rounds were sponsored by Mom & Me and a special range was
showcased by designer Navdeep Singh of White Dreamworks.
The participants competed for titles such as Cordlife Ms. Peaches and
Cream Skin; Child Ms. Fit n Active; Cordlife Ms. Twinkling Eyes; Child
Ms. Lustrous Hair; Cordlife Ms. Gorgeous Smile; Child Ms. Graceful and
Cordlife Ms. Congeniality. Among the main winners were Akshaya (Child
Cordlife Super Mom of the Evening), Vidya (1st Runner-Up) and Himal
(2nd Runner-Up).
During the show there were various sessions for the audiencea nutrition session by Dr Hemlata Rathi from The Birthplace, a styling session
with fashion designer Ishita Singh, and a makeup session with Shweta Batra,
regional trainer with the unisex salon chain Naturals.
Some of the other brands that partnered for the event included Palmers,
Himalaya, and Omkaar Yoga Studio. Prior to the main gala event, three
events were held during the month at The Birthplace, Omkaar Yoga Studio
and at Mom & Me.

Healthcare Partner

Yoga Partner

Fashion & Maternity Partner

Cordlifes stall at the event

Himalayas product display at the event

Style Partner

Radio Partner

Mom & Mes interactive session on the stage

Mr. Upamannyue Roychoudhury, General Manager, Sales and


Marketing, Cordlife, addressing the audience

Ms. Latika (left) from Omkaar Yoga Studio


giving bytes to RJ Joe from BIG FM

The Top Three: (Left to Right) Himal (2nd Runner-Up), Akshaya (Child and Cordlife Super Mom of the Evening),
Vidya (1st Runner-Up)

The moms-to-be posed in outfits designed exclusively for the event by style
partner Navdeep Singh of White Dreamworks

Gift Partner

Gift Partner

Hospitality Partner

A participant walks confidently on the ramp

Model and fashion designer Shilpa Reddy


was the celebrity judge at the event

Online Partner

TV Partner

Airport Design

Organic Form...

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Project: Spaceport America, New Mexico, USA


Architects: Foster + Partners, London

ocated in the desert-like landscape of New Mexico,


Spaceport is the first building-of-its-kind in the world. Its
design aims to articulate the thrill of space travel for the
first space tourists while making a minimal impact on the
environment. Viewed from space, the terminal evokes Virgin
Galactics brand logo of the eye, and is suggestive of an
elongated pupil, with the apron completing the iris. Approached
from the historic El Camino Real trail, the terminals organic
form appears as a subtle rise in the landscape.

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Sustainable Environment Design Strategy

Organised into a highly efficient and rational plan,


Spaceport has been designed to relate to the dimensions of
the spacecraft. There is also a careful balance between
accessibility and privacy. The astronauts areas and visitor
spaces are fully integrated with the rest of the building, while
the more sensitive zones such as the control room are visible,
but have limited access. Visitors and astronauts enter the

building via a deep channel cut into the landscape. The


retaining walls form an exhibition space that documents a
history of space exploration alongside the story of the region
and its settlers. The strong linear axis of the channel continues
into the building on a galleried level to the super hangar
which houses the spacecraft and the simulation room
through to the terminal building. A glazed facade on to the

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runway establishes a platform within the terminal building


for coveted views out to arriving and departing spacecraft.
With minimal embodied carbon and few additional energy
requirements, the scheme has been designed to achieve the
LEED Gold accreditation. The low-lying form is dug into the
landscape to exploit the thermal mass, which buffers the
building from the extremes of the New Mexico climate as well
as catching the westerly winds for ventilation; and maximum
use is made of daylight via skylights. Built using local materials
and regional construction techniques, it aims to be both
sustainable and sensitive to its surroundings.
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FactFile
Client: New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA)
Tenant: Virgin Galactic
Architectural Lead Design: Foster + Partners
Design team: Norman Foster, Grant Brooker, Antoinette Nassopoulos (Erickson),
Joon Paik, Hiroyuki Sube, See Teck Yeo, Kristine Ngan
Architecture and Engineering, Project Manager, Structural and MEP Engineer:
URS Corporation
Architecture: SMPC Architects
Environmental Design: PHA Consult
Cost Estimating: Balis and Company
Gross Area: 110,000sq ft

Guests posing for the shutterbugs at the event.

Team BHG at the event, from left to right: features editor Vanessa Fitter; sr. features writer Meghna Kriplani; art director Anuradha
Sen; sr. creative director Ragini Singh; editor-in-chief Payal Kohli; deputy associate publisher Kenneth Extross; marketing manager
Ruchika Dahiya; and asst. manager ad sales Prateek Anand Singh.

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Wine & Cheese


Guests enjoying cocktails at the event.

A lavish spread by Savour, the fine art of catering, a proud venture from Lite Bite Foods Pvt. Ltd.

Landmark Partner

F&B Partner

Luxury Partner

A guest receiving a hamper courtesy Godrej Properties from Kenneth Extross and
Payal Kohli of Better Homes and Gardens.

Payal Kohli gives away a Godrej Properties hamper to one of the winners of
the evening.

A couple of guests at the event.

Left to Right : Godrej Properties hamper winner with Kenneth Extross, Deputy Associate
Publisher, Better homes and Gardens.

Mentalist and illusionist Karan Singh with the audience

Members of team Audi at the event.

he sprawling Audi Delhi Central showroom played host with Better Homes and Gardens to a wellattended wine and cheese evening. Elite guests mingled with each other, and admired the cars on
display over cocktails. Next came a charming and hilarious magic act by Manas Tayal, followed by
an enthralling performance by renowned mentalist and illusionist Karan Singh. Their tricks left everyone
spellbound. The gala culminated with hampers sponsored by Godrej Properties, which were given away
to three winners, selected through a lucky draw. The evening was an eclectic mix of varied elements,
toasting the good things in life, and was enjoyed by one and all.
Sculpture display by Art Inc.

Magician Manas Tayal in action!

Landmark Partner

Renu Rana of Art Inc (second from left) posing with a few guests.

F&B Partner

Luxury Partner

AIRPORT DESIGN

Reflecting Transparency
Project: Gibraltar International Airport Terminal, Gibraltar
Architect: bblur architecture, London/Gibraltar with 3DReid, London

ibraltar Airports new terminal building is modern,


dynamic, transparent and airy. The new terminal is the
first building visitors see when they enter Gibraltar by
air, road or on foot and is located immediately at the frontier,
with the rock as a backdrop. Sited within an extraordinary and

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spectacular landscape, it is bound by very tight constraints on


all sides with the frontier with Spain to the north, the existing
airport runway to the south, Winston Churchill Avenue to the
west and tapering land with RAF restrictions to the east. The
building is two-storey high and covers 19,600sq m.

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3. PASSENGER PICK-UP AND DROP-OFF
4. SHORT STAY CAR PARK

5. WINSTON CHURCHILL AVENUE


6. TERMINAL ROAD
7. AIRCRAFT STANDS
8. AIRSIDE FACILITIES BUILDING

1. ACCESS TO DEPARTURES LOUNGE


2. SECURITY SEARCH
3. RETAIL ZONE
4. DEPARTURES LOUNGE
5. GATES
6. DEPARTURES TERRACE
7. BAR
8. CAFE/RESTAURANT
9. EXECUTIVE LOUNGE
10. PRAYER ROOM
11. LANDSIDE VIEWING TERRACE
12. OPEN TO FLOOR BELOW
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With over 20 years experience in aviation, the design team


approached this commission with consideration and empathy,
and created an important public space both around and inside
the terminal. A large over-sailing roof, providing shade and
shelter to the fully glazed walls which maximise views to the
rock and across the straits towards Africa and the Atlantic and
the Mediterranean, reflects the terminals aviation function and
maritime location.

The forecourt creates a new landscaped park providing a


generous welcome to Gibraltar and the airport and an
identifiable place at the frontier, a place to meet and greet
whether on a local or extended journey.
There are double height spaces within the terminal and an
extensive airside roof terrace, designed as an extension to the
departures lounge. The terminal which operates over two levels
has a primary check-in and arrivals concourse at the ground

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floor on the west side of the terminal. The terminal was also
designed to accommodate entry and exit of passengers directly
at the frontier. The airports airside areas have also been
reconfigured to provide five aircraft stands, a coaching shelter
and a new airside facilities building.
The key design attributes of the airport are: the advantage
of fantastic views over the airfield towards the rock; dramatic
roof overhang and solar shading that create a building which is
architecturally significant and environmentally sensitive; the use
of glazing achieves transparency between the interior and
exterior, allows the terminal to be predominantly naturally lit
and provides extensive views out of the terminal and the fifth
elevation (roof) very important as seen from the rock use of
roof lights which are laid out to visually guide passengers

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through some of the more internal routes. The roof lights


generate subtle animation of the space throughout the day
from throwing disks of diffused sunlight onto the floor to
capturing the blue glow in the early evening.
Energy-efficiency has been a key consideration. The design
incorporates a large roof overhang to provide a high level of
solar shading which maintains a cool environment. High
performance double glazing and automated roller blinds
contribute to enhanced energy performance.
Certain features of the design result from the buildings
proximity to the sea. In addition to the need for close attention
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the corrosive marine environment, there was also concern


about maintaining the appearance of the glazing, not just from
salt-saturated air but also wind-borne sand and dust particles.
The design solution includes a special external cleansing system
that intermittently rinses the faades to eliminate accumulated
material. The de-ionised water used in the system further
improves the effectiveness of the rinsing process.
Buro Happolds Fire Engineering developed a holistic fire
safety design that integrates a combination of passive and
active fire safety measures, along with management measures
to combine to give a simple but robust fire strategy for the
building. This provides several benefits like offering life safety

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protection to the large number of passengers and staff using


the terminal, containing fire and smoke to limited areas, and
reducing operational disruption in the event of an incident.
During the course of the project delivery, the architects were
also commissioned to design the interiors of the terminal, and
to redesign the terminal forecourt and adjacent public realm
with Spacehub. In addition to the main terminal building, the
architects have designed the park and ride facility, a six level
multi-storey car park, on the opposite side of the runway.

FactFile
Client: The Government of Gibraltar
Consultants: Buro Happold (Engineering: Structural, M&E, Acoustic, Facade,
Public Health,Geo-Technical), NACO BV(Aviation), Spacehub (Landscape)
Rambolls, (Civil Engineering: Road works for Airport and adjacent areas),
Gibraltar Land Reclamation Company (Project Management),
bblur architecture (Interior Design)
Design Build Contractor: Dragados SA
Terminal Area: 20,000sq m
Cost of Project: 85 million (including associated infrastructure buildings
and civil works)

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Sketch Feature

The Istanbul
Connection
Architecture+Design brings
across a few sketches by
architect Shirish Beri

1. A STREET IN USKADUR,
ASIAN SIDE OF ISTANBUL '14
2. AYA SOPHIA, ISTANBUL '90
3. BLUE MOSQUE FROM HOTEL TERRACE,
ISTANBUL '14

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Presents

Special Screening
of

Guests settle in at the pre-party.

Ruchika Dahiya, marketing manager


Better Homes and Gardens, presents a Godrej
Properties hamper to one lucky winner

THE HOBBIT
T H E B AT T L E O F F I V E A R M I E S

These ladies are all smiles.

A family poses for our camera before heading into the theatre.

Better Homes and Gardens in association


with Godrej Properties, hosted a fun-filled

Ruchika hands over a Godrej Properties hamper to the


second winner.

Two guests getting ready for the movie screening.

evening for its guests and their families, with


a pre-party at Smoke House Deli, Saket,
and a special screening of the film The
Hobbit - The Battle of Five Armies, at DT
Cinemas, Saket, New Delhi, on December
12, 2014. Directed by Peter Jackson, and

Sunil Bhatt, intern, executive events, BHG, with a


couple of guests.

Adding some glamour to the screening.

starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, and


Richard Armitage, the film was enjoyed by
everyone in the audience. A special contest
was organized by Godrej Properties for
those in attendance and two gift hampers
were given to two lucky winners.
Guests in a cheerful mood before the screening.

Associate Partner

Venue Partner

A happy couple aer the movie screening.

Multiplex Partner

Karan Raj, business head Maxim gives away a


Godrej Properties hamper.

Ruchika Dahiya, marketing manager, Better Homes


and Gardens gives away a Godrej hamper.

Presents

A Special Screening
of
Guests oblige shutterbugs at the movie screening.

Fans of the Exodus pose for the camera.

Better Homes and Gardens in association


with Godrej Properties hosted a fun-filled
evening for its guests and their families with
a special screening of the film Exodus: Gods

TV actor Sachin Khurana, along with


a guest.

A guest enjoys a drink at the


screening

A few guests, before the screening.

and Kings at DT cinemas, Vasant Kunj in


Delhi, on December 8, 2014. Directed by
Ridley Scott, and starring Christian Bale,
Joel Edgerton, and John Turturro the film
was enjoyed by everyone in the audience
adults and kids alike. Godrej Properties was

Guests enjoy popcorn and drinks at


the screening.

Seems like they are ready for the show!

the associate partner for the initiative. A


special contest was organized by Godrej
properties for the guests, and two gift
hampers were given to the lucky winners.
We managed to bring smiles to a few faces
through this initiative.
A family at the screening strikes a pose.
Associate Partner

A few guests before entering the hall.


Multiplex Partner

Products

Flooring Solutions

Kitchen Concepts

Ozone Oversea recently announced the launch of


their new product Super Spring in the market. The
product is made with patented manufacturing process.
It has been incorporated in Ozone Floor Spring-FS8400 S that ensures durability and smoother
performance. It is suitable for doors up to 80kg.
Tested for 10 lac cycles, it conforms to international
standards for quality, performance and safety.
To know more, e-mail: ozone@ozone-india.com

Bleu Concepts recently launched Iceberg Kitchen, a


revolutionary concept for kitchen storage. The concept maintains a
fine balance between design and functionality. The rear wall is
specially designed via customised fittings and shelving system with
accessories to address different storage requirements. The entire
back unit is aesthetically illuminated using LEDs, the overhead
shutters are made of lacquered glass set in an aluminum frame,
and the base units are finished in a high-gloss paint imported from
Italy. It is available in more than 30 finishes.

Polished Vitrified Tiles


Kajaria, one of Indias largest manufacturers of ceramic and
vitrified tiles, has launched its latest range of polished vitrified
tiles Grande: 80x120cm. These tiles encapsulate the design
ethos of natural stones giving natural random motifs to each tile.
It is made of high gloss finish with nano technology. They are
scratch and stain resistant and hygienic. These tiles are ideal for
residential and commercial application.
To know more, visit: www.kajariaceramics.com

Sanitaryware Solutions
Sanitaryware brand Hindware has come up with Bathroom
Planner DVP Application designed for professionals, interior
designers and architects. It is a progressive application which
provides easy access to hindwares entire products. It provides
flexibility in product search through keywords or catalogue
number, a maximum of 16 product designs can be added to the
wish list per client. Sandip Somany, JMD, HSIL Limited, said, We
are confident that the Bathroom Planning tool will be successful
and helpful to the target audience. This application in sum,
integrates brand, product, planning and people together.

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Products
Bathroom faucets
GROHE, one of the world's leading providers of sanitary fittings,
has launched a washbasin mixer Eurodisc Joystick. The slim wallmounted washbasin mixer offers smooth and fingertip control. The
sleek finish makes it the ideal amalgamation of form and
function.The precise controls and adjustability of the Eurodisc Joystick
offer complete comfort of usage. Its sculptured lines and designs
reflect modernity and dynamism.

Stylish Bathtubs
Bathline Sensations recently come up with Aquamass
Bathtubs. Each bathtub represents a different and unique design
theme to match the requirement of a variety of design intent,
Varun Gupta, joint managing director of Bathline Sensations,
said, Our new range of Aquamass Bathtub makes a major
difference in both the look and functionality of your bathroom.
With unique features and design, these bathtubs create a calming
daily escape from the busy world and guarantees bathing
satisfaction. These tubs are available in an array of styles.

Kitchen Sinks

Nirali, one of the leading stainless steel kitchen sink


companies, has come up with EXA multi-purpose kitchen sink
under Niralis Expell kitchen sink range. Considering the pressing
constraints of todays modern homes, EXA kitchen sink comes
with detachable lids that cover unwashed vessels and can also
double up as an extension of a kitchen platform. Additionally,
these lids also give a hygienic touch by not allowing insects to
pry around at night. Conforming to AISI 304 quality stainless
steel, which is 1.2 mm thick, the EXA kitchen sink has deeper
bowls and is available with satin finish to give kitchens a modern
aesthetic appeal.
To know further, e-mail: nirali@nirali.com

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Solid Bamboo Pergolas


NOTION, a wooden flooring and exterior cladding brand, has
introduced a garden feature Solid Bamboo Pergolas to give an
extension to living area under nature. It creates a shaded
walkway, passageway, sitting area of vertical posts or pillars that
usually support cross-beams and an open lattice. It helps in
linking pavilions or extending from a building's door to an open
garden feature such as an isolated terrace or pool. Besides, it is
also used as protection from the glare of direct sunlight. The
collection is produced from bamboo poles which are specially
treated, free of insects, anti-mildew, kiln dry and fumigated.

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