A luxurious workspace is definitely a part of the new mantra these days and the people at Derive Investments are set to relish architectural extravagance. Puran Kumar Architects have refurbished an orthodox office setup and turned it into a veritable state-of-the-art haven that reflects our contemporary times.
A corporate office need not be all dull and gloomy anymore as the era of all work and no play has ended and comfort and luxury have gloriously seeped into office spaces. Puran Kumar Architects competently display their acumen of new-age architectural work in their latest project for one of the most reputed investment companies in India, Derive Investments.
Expanded to 4000 sq. ft., the beauty of the project not only lies within its walls but extends far beyond it, as a breathtakingly charming sea view becomes an integral part of the interior design.
The South Mumbai Tower property owned by the client and situated at Nariman Point has exceptional attributes – particularly those that are characteristic of buildings in this prime area of Mumbai. The views that are afforded to the office space are nothing short of serene.
As one enters the plush office space, architectural richness greets the visitor. Two receptions at the entrance; one for the staff and the other one exclusively for the Director are strategically placed. This ensures a calm and hassle free waiting area for the visitors.
A sense of tranquillity is often compromised in an office and yet the serenity in the air due to a structured and crisp engineering of the indoors bounces off a clean, modern and vibrant ambience.
Separate offices for the Director and Managing Director house modern facilities.
The workstations are quite spacious too; these are adjoining, well aligned and promote smooth functioning. The drawing room and the conference room, which have a large window overlooking the sea, are some of the exceptional areas of the office property that flaunt polished surroundings.
The office exudes a definitive character, based on the ‘soft furnishings’ that are subtle yet narrative. The no-holds-barred approach of the architect, Puran Kumar and the creative freedom given by the client definitely triggered several varied and one-of-a-kind concepts in the project.
The use of wood acts as a stimulus in the interiors and has been intelligently handled in every section, including on the floors. It blends well with the other elements of the office like the luminaires and the paintings. The client’s love for wood acted as an added impetus to use it as a strong base and balance the vibrancy and stylised appeal of the indoors.
The highlight of the project is the artwork used all over the property as pivotal accessories. The artefacts used prominently hold their own and were selected with a keen eye to help complement the spaces and offer a finishing touch. All the paintings are originals and make a unique statement of creative expression.
The plants add an organic touch to the varied sections of the office and enrich each space with beautiful visuals. The accessories used in the interiors enhance the ambience greatly, as the elements not only stand out themselves but also serve to give each section a finishing touch.
As Puran Kumar graciously shares, “The idea was to know when to put a stop, when it came to art or furnishings. The ultimate test is to identify the vision of the client and use one’s architectural skills to select those that would suit it and the given space. In the end, it is always great when the client shows the office designed by one, with much pride. “
Here the beautiful symmetry in the architectural configuration has added an integral quality of individuality and an essence of richness in the interiors.
Text By Namrata Joshi
Photographs Courtesy The Architects