Design

Ahmedabad based studio OpenIdeas creates a young, chic and technology-driven design for an automation company

AUG 31, 2020 | By Jhanvi Somaya
The 5,000 sq ft office for All Automatic by OpenIdeas features a mix of formal as well as informal meeting zones; Photographs by PHX India
An executive cabin opens onto the courtyard created at the rear; Photographs by PHX India
Vivid artworks, motivational quotes and greens are seen in this semi-open meeting room; Photographs by PHX India
A view from the outside of the meeting room; Photographs by PHX India
The experiential centre features a cosy living room-like setting to emphasise the informality of the space; Photographs by PHX India
The waiting area is minimally designed with framed geometric sketches, a settee and a planter; Photographs by PHX India
This informal meeting area is ideal for group discussions; Photographs by PHX India

Sprawled across the 12th floor of a commercial tower in Ahmedabad, this nearly 5,000 sq ft penthouse office infuses its work environment with cutting edge experiences and facilities. Created for All Automatic, an automation company, the workspace designed by Monarch Champaneri, Niralee Champaneri and Nilesh Gajera of OpenIdeas perfectly illustrates how to break away from confined corners with a tranquil outdoor space.

This refreshing, green pocket was designed to function as a breakout area. Variations like these, in an otherwise customary layout, results in a comfortable professional environment for not just employees but also visitors.

For the forward-looking company, zoning was paramount. This was easily facilitated for uncluttered interaction among the staff. While one section served as an experience centre for the showcase of hi-tech products, the latter where work takes place almost behind the scenes. Despite the segregation, both areas contribute to the unconventional layout and offer personalised access points. 

Glass emphasises the office’s needs for transparency, connectivity and flow; Photographs by PHX India

The experience centre is fashioned as a platform that encourages customers to get a real feel of products. It also houses a conference area and a living room-like home theatre. The idea for the centre was to showcase all the products, lined up in the corridor, eventually culminating in a courtyard that’s created at the rear. Indeed, all the working areas are deployed around this green pocket to give the office management and workforce a respite from routine tasks.

The raw bricked corridor features artworks to emphasise creativity and breakthrough; Photographs by PHX India

To express the ideologies of a company that is both modern and respectful of traditional wisdom, materials like lime plaster, Corten steel, micro-topped flooring as well as exposed brick and wood have been used throughout the office. Mellow lighting and bespoke fixtures further enhance the overall setting.

A semi-outdoor meeting room is styled with vivid artworks and greens; Photographs by PHX India

The movement away from ‘glossing over’ the material palette makes this office a striking and unique structure in Ahmedabad—one we would love to work in.

An experiential room resembles a home theatre with cushy seaters, neutral surfaces and minimalistic lighting; Photographs by PHX India