The workplace design has kept into consideration that no two days are the same for employees.
You have executed numerous projects; let us know about a project which you believe defines a proper balance of form, function and aesthetics?
We recently completed designing and building the Mumbai office of Tata Sky, India’s leading direct broadcast satellite television provider and content distribution platform. We designed the Tata Sky office to reflect its core values of leadership, enthusiasm, innovation, decisiveness, agility, teamwork and integrity. We are proud to say that we have also won the iNFHRA FM Excellence Award in the best design category for this project.
The 40,000 sq. ft Mumbai Office of Tata Sky is a classic case study in workspace design as it physically embodies the organizational values of the company to the core. The brand had shared a design brief which intended “out of the box“ thinking in all aspects. The facility wanted a serious break from the monotony of hierarchy and seating patterns as per portfolio. The canvas ensured that the client’s design expectations were met by breaking the barriers of cabins and cubicles, thus resulting in a completely open office architecture with no fixed desk for any employee. The office has a vibrant and welcoming reception, with a home-styled backdrop of a TV cabinet featuring a household airing Tata Sky.
The workplace design has kept into consideration that no two days are the same for employees. They are sometimes required to do focused work, while other times they will need to collaborate. Sometimes they will prefer to be alone in a quiet space, and other times they will prefer to be in a café with people and a buzz around them.
The discussion pods, collaborative spaces with swings, coffee points etc which are embedded in the design ensured that we gave the employees, the ability to choose what works best on any given day. The overall user experience explains how comfortably anyone can sail through the facility without affecting his workflow. This in return gives back much to the society with a satisfied employee/visitor going home as he never feels away from home. The areas are open for the entire staff yet security is ensured through appropriate access control.
What are some of the projects you are working on?
Some exciting projects we are working on include A Drone Centre in Hong Kong, An experience centre for Fintech (Financial Technology) in Hong Kong, Innovation spokes for Accenture, Thematic cafeteria for Google, Architecture and interiors of Apeejay, a leading educational institute, in multiple locations and State of art manufacturing unit along, complete with ancillary functions like labour accommodation, experience centres, administrative units, client lounges etc.
Sapna Khakharia Gohil, Director – Design,