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Contents

APRIL 2016 Volume 3

Issue 8

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12 BULLETIN

A roundup of the latest industry news from across the country.

14 SPECIAL

Office automation is changing the way work spaces are designed and used.

20 INTERVIEW

BVM Sarma gives insights on what makes the TCS campuses efficient and employee friendly.

24 COVER STORY

Architect Kartik Punjabi talks about the evolution of office spaces and the future of workspace design.

28 TRENDS

Creating efficient HVAC systems for the hospitality industry is no mean task.

33 FOCUS

Some of the most efficient office campuses share the challenges faced in managing these facilities.

42 CASE STUDY

Creators Architects add funk to the design of this MNC’s India office in Gurgaon.

48 PRODUCTS What’s new on the market.

50 OPINION

Ramesh Nair, COO, business + international director, JLL India, predicts that India is poised to have the biggest fall in office space vacancy yet.

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Case Study

Brewing designs

Delhi-based Creators Architects compose an interesting workspace for this MNC’s India office, in Gurgaon, making the interiors conducive to creativity, efficiency work, leisure and fun, all in one go BY RASHMI NAICKER

Rectilinear volumes, transparent walls, and play of colours and textures embody the interiors of this administrative office.

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Case Study

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esigning the interior space for an organisation that enables global giants create and reinforce their brand value and equity is something that requires more than just a keen eye for aesthetics and positioning of office furniture and utilities. Making interior spaces come alive enough to speak volumes of what the organisation is all about requires a thorough understanding of the company, its values, goals, vision, work culture, employee dynamics, the way the space would be utilised etc. and using these attributes as pointers while conceptualising the design. The office for the Indian arm of this well known MNC in DLF City, Gurgaon is one such experiment, with the architects designing the interiors for this international brewing company to be as flirtatious and interactive as possible, retaining and highlighting all aspects of the company while doing so. Vivid spaces, rectilinear volumes, transparent walls, and play of colours and textures embody the interior architecture of this administrative office.

Designed by Creators Architects, the office was designed with simple and modern, apparently minimal gestures defining the boundaries between public and work spaces demarcating volumes within. “This office is a highly ITintegrated and collaborative environment with a culture of easy Fridays. The interesting aspect about this office is process – instead of following the common rules of designing a collaborative office, here the approach was taken to first understand the company’s structure and thereafter collaboration was designed around the structure,” comments Utssav Gupta, partner and principal architect, Creator’s Architect. Walking into the reception of the office, one is greeted by a cloak of brick walls that works as a backdrop for a striking angular white table, and seaters – a rather contrasting introduction to the space that unfolds further. Past the reception, continuous linear lights lead the passage down to meeting rooms and beyond to main work areas. The office opens out into an elongated space, where apart

Telephone booths provided, for privacy, within the open-office set-up.

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Floor plan.

The visual connect to the outside is maintained via large windows.

The space has been designed efficiently using modular elements, which can be altered and utilised to make it flexible.

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The interior design focuses on employee comfort to a great extend, making available the best of facilities for both work and leisure.

from adding a cool and funky feel to the usually drab workstation area, the lack of partitions creates visual interest in the space; and also allows a glimpse into the informal spaces located at the far end of the row. The common work floor is meant to house various teams – such as marketing, human resource, legal, finance, IT, etc – and the challenge with such a diverse mix is that the soft requirements for these kind of spaces gets complex for a company, who prides on its culture and would need to retain it. Open halls seating have been widely adopted in corporate offices, however in a matrix type structure, it leads to low productivity and disengagement. Planned in between the existing column structure, workstations were sized out to provide personal space with proper circulation around so as to not to have bottle necks. Provision of pedestal cushions allowed one-on-one collaboration and soft screens dampened the noise. Large high performance acoustic panels were designed to absorb waves of noise. Open ceiling with exposed services and slab gave better headroom and industrial ceiling effect. The space is separated and demarcated mostly


Case Study

A rather quirky aspect of the design are the wall murals, mounted and painted, across the entirety of the surfaces.

PROJECT INFORMATION  Project: India office of a MNC  Location: DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon  Architect: Creators Architects  Design Team: Utssav Gupta (lead for project), Rajiv

Gupta, Mukta Gupta, Nishtha Gupta  MEP Consultant: M/s GM Consultants and Engineers  Project Manager: Panjak Sharma, Enable RE

Civil and Carpentry contractors: M/s Pratik Arts Pvt. Ltd  Electrical contractors: M/s Gauri Switch Pvt. Ltd  HVAC contractors: M/s Thermal Engineers and Insulators

Pvt Ltd  Project Area: 12,500 sq-ft  Project Estimate: Rs 4 crores  Initiation of Project: October, 2015  Completion of Project: January, 2016

One is greeted by a cloak of brick walls that work as a backdrop for a striking angular white table at the reception.

by glass partitions for meeting and conference rooms. The interior design focuses on employee comfort to a great extend, making available the best of facilities for both work and leisure. The space has been designed efficiently using modular elements, which can be altered and utilised to make it flexible. The visual connect to the outside is maintained via large windows, that also helps in permeation of sunlight, thereby harnessing as much natural lights as possible. One of the most innovative and creative aspects of the office design is the rather quirky wall murals mounted and painted

across the entirety of various surfaces. The material palette mainly included white gypsum surfaces for vertical partitions, combined with clay brick tiles to bring in the brewery connect. Native scheme was developed in neutral fabric allowing brand colours to stand out. The interior design reduced clutter to the minimum, offering a truly open space for employees. Throughout the huge office space, every aspect is evocative of what the company stands for; as if almost a theme for the design. Be it the generous use of element that defines the brand, the use of murals on the walls the wall-less work space that shows the lack of a rigid hierarchy and intermingling of ideas and people that the organisation encourages, or the informal bar and lounge space – all combine to highlight the company and its brand identity. The architects have used aspects intrinsic to brewery giant’s worldwide image, adapted them to the Indian context, and designed the space to give out a very relaxed, ‘funky’ feel to the advertising agency office, without going over-the-top. Simple is effective, and the architects have efficiently managed to demonstrate the same with the sophisticated, elegant yet fun office space.

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