Offices spaces that we’d love to go back to
AUG 2, 2020 | By Jhanvi Somaya
While we’re all homebound (and not missing the hustle of long commutes), we’ve found some cool offices from across India that, if we could, we’d love to go back to! Read on and identify your favourites…
Cover It Up studio by The Design Guild
Ever thought of how a small office can be revamped into something fun and chic on a shoestring budget? Look no further. This interactive studio for a graphic design company is reimagined using luminous hues of yellow, teal and grey. Here, a vibrant feature wall voicing light-hearted puns ensures a fun-loving mood. For the client, a huge fan of the Batman comics, a customised signage and Gotham city skyline is integrated into the design. The finishing touches involved simple everyday items like mugs and toothbrush holders for stationery as well as upholstered teal chairs. Instagram: @the.designguild
Even flow Media by Dhaval Rangani and Khusharau Jilla
With concrete flooring, customised lighting fixtures and advanced AV tech specs, there is nothing about this minimalistic 950 sq ft office that we don’t admire. The interiors represent the media company’s out-of-the-box thinking through a remarkable assimilation of a home theatre, an exceptional AV experience and a strong design language. This is, perhaps, an ideal spot to chase away the blues. Instagram: @dhaval.rangani
Green Door by K Design Studio
Energy, vibrancy and sustainability come together in this 3,800 sq ft office by Komal Jain’s practice. The designer enables a refreshing and smooth flow throughout the space, starting with the statement green entrance door. We love this office’s use of natural and durable materials in an array of textures and colours that point to a vibrant workplace.
Ministry of New
The brainchild of Dutch national Marlies Bloemendaal is an inspiring work environment in Mumbai, touted as the second most beautiful office space by Forbes magazine. It is based on the concepts of versatility and flexibility, ensuring multipurpose usage for its coworking members. We love the fusion of functional European design with Indian elements seen in the naturally lit decor. Another is the “play factor” that allows members to configure the furniture as per their needs. Bloemendaal has also added an art installation with book lights that are suspended from the ceiling to dramatise the space, while also providing an oasis of calm and creativity for members.
Office by Chestnut Home Stylists
For two young entrepreneurs with different businesses, the design team turned a 250 sq ft space into a semi-casual area for meetings and conferences. While on one end, chocolate hued interiors frame a formal setting, the other end features a spot to unwind amid cool, subtle and soothing tints. The unifying factor is a creative wallpaper that covers the ceiling that also elevates the space.
Office by Studio 91
Studio 91 creates a glamorous office space, starting right at the entrance. Grey marmorino textured surfaces are illuminated with the help of pendant lamps, while Alaska marble completes the look. A clear, wood-framed glass partition segregates the main work area, where abundant natural light streams in. Instagram: @studio91_architects
PS Office by Salient Design Studio
This 3,000 sq ft office serves as a cohesive work environment, comprising both formal and social corporates impeccably. Through the use of minimalistic features such as the grand, double heighted entrance lobby, a sense of simplistic yet fluid style pervades the layout. The workspace is enhanced, owing to the natural light beaming through each room and corridor, and the natural greens punctuating the decor. Website: www.salientdesignstudio.com
Rajat Sanghvi & Naina Reddy’s Architect studio by MakeSpace Architects
Chic style with a light ambience is seen in this 1,150 sq ft Indore studio. Its minimalist design based on the ‘less is more’ belief highlights not just the materiality but also imaginative ideas that culminate from a creative and collaborative space. Instagram: @makespace_architects
SwissRe by DSP Design
At 2,60,000 sq ft, this is a capacious office space in Bengaluru that functions on the concept of a vertical village. A staggered atrium with connecting staircases links all the storeys, while breakout zones bring in natural light in this utilitarian work setting. SwissRe includes a number of state-of-the-art systems that make it not just sustainable all a tech-savvy’s dream come true.
The Pause by Workshop Inc
The design firm’s principals Keta and Varun Shah have created a streamlined layout with minimalist overtones for this offices space. A palette of wood black and grey is used across to evoke a dark yet comforting atmosphere. In order to personalise the office a little, a custom metal artwork that references nitric acid, the very chemical composition which is a primary component of the products the company manufactures. Website: www.workshopinc.in
WorkLoft by Fusion Studio
Catering to businesses of all sizes and forms is WorkLoft in Mumbai, a classic blend of authentic SoBo culture, German architecture and topnotch amenities. This coworking space offers formal and informal zones and uses colours to segregate communal zones. The initial idea was to “fold-down” part of the wooden structure to create a wide staircase cum auditorium as the communication hub. This new double-height space opens up visual connections between all areas of the co-working space: the cabins, the cafe & kitchenette, the auditorium, the conference room and the open seating work stations. We love the large, grey and coral windows that liven up this workplace.