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es­ign is not al­ways about de­sign­ing from scratch! In­creas­ingly, there is a trend to re­pur­pose and re­fur­bish ex­ist­ing struc­tures, to take on new forms and func­tions. Pune-based 3D Ar­chi­tects and In­te­rior De­sign­ers has in­cor­po­rated these prin­ci­ples in this Cor­po­rate Of­fice for real es­tate de­vel­oper Jhala Group. Once an old res­i­den­tial bun­ga­low is now con­verted into a stun­ning work space.

De­sign­ing a cor­po­rate of­fice for a real es­tate builder is a chal­lenge in it­self, as the client is in the re­alty sec­tor with a good un­der­stand­ing of what ar­chi­tec­ture is all about. The chal­lenge is com­pounded when this of­fice needs to be de­signed by mod­i­fy­ing an old res­i­den­tial home. “It was a plea­sure work­ing on this project pri­mar­ily for two rea­sons, the first, we were very lucky to have a client, who shared the same vi­sion as ours; se­condly, there was a chal­lenge of de­sign­ing an of­fice space in an old load bear­ing struc­tured bun­ga­low. The brief re­quired us to change the in­ter­nal foot­print ac­cord­ing to the needs and re­quire­ments of a cor­po­rate of­fice. Be­ing a load bear­ing struc­ture, it proved to be a mas­sive chal­lenge, not only for lay­outs, but also for in­tro­duc­ing var­i­ous ser­vices. We had great help from all the con­sul­tants to mit­i­gate these chal­lenges.” ex­plains Ar­chi­tect Hari Agashe, Prin­ci­pal Ar­chi­tect, 3D Ar­chi­tects and In­te­rior De­sign­ers.

As the ex­ist­ing old struc­ture was a load bear­ing struc­ture, with small sized rooms, the de­sign­ers worked on a new frame­work ac­cord­ing to the re­quire­ments. The brief was clear ‘to re­fur­bish an old mid-cen­tury built bun­ga­low and con­vert it into a con­tem­po­rary cor­po­rate of­fice’. Lo­cated in one of the by-lanes of the Fer­gus­son Col­lege Road in Pune, this lo­ca­tion pro­vides good con­nec­tiv­ity with var­i­ous parts of the city. “We vis­ited the place with a pre-con­ceived no­tion of main­tain­ing the old look from out­side-not to touch the ex­te­rior el­e­ments of the build­ing.

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