ocated in Business Bay at Yerwada, Pune, is the humungous 4,00,000 sq.ft. nine-floor Deutsche Bank project designed by principal architect Ninad Tipnis of Mumbai-based JTCPL Designs. The firm is renowned for designing mammoth commercial projects with a discerning taste for aesthetics, high sustainability quotient coupled with flawless and meticulous execution.
“As the project was a consolidation exercise — re-locating employees and hiring new recruits — we divided the project into two phases so that there would be no interruption to the business activity,” explains Ninad. With security assuming the role of prime significance, screener barriers (as seen at airports) register scan the entry and exit of baggage as well as registers the in and out time of employees. With the office spanning nine levels, the reception was thoughtfully located on the 6th level, considering circulation dynamics so that visitors do not get harrowed while trying to navigate their way to various departments. Additionally, columns on each floor have been designated in different colours as path-finding for visitors through the building.
Covered in marble flooring, the steel signage of the company’s logo elegantly features on the back-filmed glass of the reception area, lends a professional look. Adjacent is a partially restricted area artfully designed with brown and white chequered laminated blocks, whose form interestingly repeats as voids and niches on the side and LCD panel walls. The entry reception on the ground floor is covered in granite that runs up the wall, becoming the background for the reception desk. The ground floor houses basic concierge services, wherein all visitors are checked, profiled and directed to respective floors.
Waiting areas pepper the entire office where inspiring quotes, graphics, green education and bold use of colour keep things lively and interesting. Similarly, plenty of huddle spaces or alternative work spaces are provided to break, the visual monotony of the massive (aprox.) 50,000 sq. ft. floor plate. Geometric patterns grace this area with square pouffes in vibrant shades of lime green, bright orange, sunny yellow and steel grey with the same square patterns continuing on the carpeted flooring in terms of square blocks. Circular pendant lamps hang from a partially coloured ceiling, subtly defining these informal networking zones.