Mod­ern Of­fices

In­te­rior de­sign­ing of of­fices has evolved in many ways to be­come an in­tri­cate art, writes Tushar Mit­tal, Di­rec­tor, Stu­diokon Ven­tures

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In­te­rior de­sign­ing of of­fices is no longer just plan­ning where and how the fur­ni­ture is to be placed. It has evolved in many ways and has be­come an in­tri­cate art, writes Tushar Mit­tal, Di­rec­tor, Stu­diokon Ven­tures (SKV) that cre­ated the of­fice in­te­ri­ors of Glob­a­logic as a ‘zero er­ror’ work­place, made of 50% re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als

The re­al­iza­tion that ‘first im­pres­sion’ car­ries a lin­ger­ing im­age, has made em­ploy­ers con­scious of the fact that a well-de­signed and cre­ative work­place will also at­tract tal­ent. Proper place­ment of fur­ni­ture, good in­door air qual­ity, com­fort, day­light, lo­ca­tion and ameni­ties - all go into cre­at­ing a healthy, pro­duc­tive work­place, which will con­sciously or sub­con­sciously in­flu­ence em­ployee’s mood and en­ergy.

Cor­po­rate jobs de­mand a min­i­mum of 9 hours of work, which is 38% of a to­tal day. In day­light hours, the per­cent­age in­creases to more than 50%, which means that an em­ployee spends 6 out of 12 months a year in of­fice!

In the cur­rent sce­nario, the new-fan­gled trend in work­places is co-work­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tive which is a con­tem­po­rary al­ter­na­tive to the tra­di­tional and lack­lus­tre cu­bi­cles. Open seat­ing and trans­par­ent walls have re­placed des­ig­nated seat­ing and opaque walls. Themed and in­spir­ing walls are the new trend.

Healthy en­vi­ron­ment is a pre­cur­sor to a pro­duc­tive or­ga­ni­za­tion

No one likes to work in of­fices that are to­tally con­crete and of­fers no refuge in green en­vi­rons. At Glob­a­logic, all the work­places are de­signed as green spa­ces. Green spa­ces can be cre­ated by us­ing biodegrad­able and re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als as far as pos­si­ble, plac­ing small foun­tains or aquar­i­ums, hav­ing glass fronts for nat­u­ral light­ing, and us­ing higher oxy­gen pro­duc­ing in­door plants that can thrive in­doors, are of low main­te­nance, and do not cause any al­ler­gic re­ac­tions.

The con­cept of “Adopter Plants” is also catch­ing on. A plant is given to each em­ployee to place on their work sta­tion and it is his/her re­spon­si­bil­ity to nur­ture

and nour­ish the plant. This serves the dual pur­pose of in­creas­ing the health quo­tient of the work­place and spread­ing aware­ness about the en­vi­ron­ment.

Colours bring both calm­ness and vi­brancy

With a 300-seat­ing ca­pac­ity, the Glob­a­logic of­fice was given a vi­brant look with a taste­ful com­bi­na­tion of emer­ald green and pur­ple that in­voke calm­ness and vi­brancy, re­spec­tively. Bring­ing vary­ing rich shades of green colour to the work­place, in­creases work­ers’ pro­duc­tiv­ity by of­fer­ing a vis­ually med­i­ta­tive ex­pe­ri­ence that ul­ti­mately leads to hap­pier and health­ier em­ploy­ees.

While we ap­plied or­ange with a black and grey coloured globe in the con­fer­ence hall for a ‘se­ri­ous’ look, the train­ing room has more ba­sic colours like green and lime yel­low on hexagons made of fab­ric.

Of­ten it is ob­served that while an of­fice de­sign boasts of lav­ish thought-pro­vok­ing de­signs, the wash­rooms are kept plain and bor­ing. Here is where we have scored ex­tra points as we have made th­ese ar­eas look beau­ti­ful as far as pos­si­ble.

Right fur­ni­ture for seat­ing im­por­tant for em­ployee pro­duc­tiv­ity

The seat­ing in work­places must pro­vide the cor­rect pos­ture and com­fort to the em­ploy­ees. We de­cided to go for er­gonomic fur­ni­ture. Sit­ting on in­for­mal chairs or ar­eas al­lows easy, in­for­mal com­mu­ni­ca­tion. The setup gives a nat­u­ral rhythm to col­lab­o­ra­tion and fosters al­liances, pro­motes learn­ing, and nur­tures a strong of­fice cul­ture. Amidst all this, is the break-out zone where em­ploy­ees can just put their legs up and re­lax. The cafe­te­ria holds a wel­com­ing look and is abuzz with chat­ter; in fact, it is a de-stress­ing zone.

Re­cy­clable and biodegrad­able ma­te­ri­als in de­mand

More than 50 per­cent of the ma­te­ri­als used in the of­fice are re­cy­clable. The light­ing fix­tures from Legero are on dif­fer­ent cir­cuits that can be switched off dur­ing the day. Since the of­fice has glass on three sides, there is enough nat­u­ral light dur­ing the day. The par­ti­tions and screens have been gen­er­ated from scrap. In fact, the cur­rent trend is us­ing scrap and re­cy­clable ma­te­rial, in­clu­sion of ori­en­tal art forms like Ja­panese style, cre­at­ing space sav­ing, and high util­ity struc­tures.

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