New Delhi based Spaces Architects@ka, have created a fluid and contemporary office space that truly characterises both the client’s prowess as a builder and real estate developer.
‘First impressions are lasting’, so goes a famous quote and for the office of Express Builders, a leading real estate development firm, Spaces Architects@ka has created a contemporary and fluid space that embodies the client company’s versatile expertise. Principal architect Kapil Aggarwal introduces the space as an “office conceptualised in an abstract form that defines each space with its own language of angles and curves.”
At first instance itself, the design team surrounds the visitors with fluid lines and abstract shapes, giving a clear picture of the contemporary and prodigious design strokes in the 6000 sq ft interior space. The spatial scale of the entrance reception cum waiting area is highlighted by a minimalistic approach to decor in terms of colours, material palette and patterns.
Explaining the internal planning, Aggarwal tells us, “Planning has been mainly done with the objective of effective functionality, connectivity and maximum use of available natural light.” Hence, one finds free flowing spaces, white surfaces and glazed external walls and skylights throughout the office interiors.
The project brief specified a reception cum waiting space, meeting rooms, cabins, workstations and ancillary rooms. The team zoned them in accordance to their function. Reserving the frontal space for the reception cum waiting space and meeting rooms, the designers used the conference and accounts section as the central common area, whilst keeping the workstations, cabins and ancillary spaces to the rear.
Glass features majorly in the interiors and has been cleverly used to filter sunlight in from the peripheral walls to the innermost spaces, while also serving to create a visual connection between the numerous rooms. A combination of teak veneer, white surfaces and travertine stone is used in different blends throughout the spaces; this combination serves to compliment the myriad glazed surfaces perfectly.
Though the reception and waiting area have no physical divisions, the Spaces Architects@ka team created a spatial difference through varied ceiling heights and patterns. The waiting area is mostly rendered in white, with curved batten lines flowing across a teak veneer background on the ceiling. The team explains, “We highlighted the waiting area with a grand 17 ft tall custom designed chandelier that adds interesting ocular patterns to the space.”
The adjoining reception area with its wooden ceiling is highlighted by white curvilinear forms flowing across. In the backdrop of the reception are abstract leatherite shapes with a green area; these act as a visual barricade between the public space and private areas of the office.
The central space in the office is occupied by the conference room and is akin to a glass box, designed using MS columns and beams with glazing. The glass roof of the room is topped by a triple height skylight that filters abundant sunlight into the central office space. Highlighting the skylight is a 42 ft green wall which lends tranquil colour to the conference room. The architects have used interesting elements and views of the adjoining decor to surround the conference room with sights and sounds that bestow a visual excitement to the otherwise bare glass room.
Also occupying the central space in the office are the accounts section and VIP lounge, rendered in the generic theme of white, teak veneer and travertine stone. Abstract and angular shapes for the walls and ceilings of both the spaces are used by the team to highlight an interesting passage walkway.
The highlight of the rear area which comprises mostly of private spaces is the MD’s cabin which features glass surfaces and a curved wall. White wooden battens and glass surround a circular space in the cabin that is visible partially from almost everywhere is the office, thus piquing visual interest. Similar interesting forms have been given to other cabins also, in the form of free flowing highlighter walls in teak veneer complimented by abstract shapes in the ceiling.
The completed space is a perfect balance of downplayed decor that speaks through its patterns and spatial lines. Effective functionality fused with green elements gives the space a unique appeal that is devoid of any generic corporate office space touch.
The Spaces Architects@ka team using ‘fluidity in space’ as the key driver has created an office that speaks of a working style that is contemporary, experimental and flexible. The space not only smartly references the client’s occupation, but also speaks of the designer’s creativity which helped fulfil the project brief using a single understated vocabulary.
Text By K Parvathy Menon
Photographs Karan Arora