9 offices that caught our attention

Everyone dreams to be a part of Google and Microsoft’. Wonder why? Because of their healthy workplace design. Great collaboration is not about groups of people working side-by-side all day long. It also requires introspection. There will be both ‘WE’ and ‘ME’ times. And each company’s ratio of WE vs ME vary depending upon their goals, projects, tasks, and people. The best collaboration workspaces are either configured to provide all of these options in fixed ways or can be quickly reconfigured simply by drawing curtains, rearranging furniture, moving walls, etc. We have listed 9 that caught our attention. All have in common Open designs that encourage casual conversations, Well-lit and comfortable environment, whiteboard paints on all writable surfaces to enable healthy brainstorming sessions, sound dampening technologies, mini-kitchens stashed with healthy snacks and beverages and open floor plans – where there is often no fixed seating so that everyone gets to enjoy the window seat at some given point during their work.

Dimension Data Offices, Mumbai by M. Moser Associates

Dimension Data Offices, Mumbai by M. Moser Associates
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Dimension Data Offices, Mumbai by M. Moser Associates
By proposing a hybrid layout through the use of a strategic mix of linear, cubicles and 120-degree workstations, the team created a space that fostered a flexible, user-focused work style. The two business units, Corporate and Regional, were planned in close proximity to each other, with a soft zone to facilitate collaboration between the departments. An example of instilled aesthetic expression is the pièce de résistance in the open office area – the innovative ceiling. This was designed using a collage of acoustic ceiling modules in three different shades and sizes. The modules are wrapped above the work area, leaving the corridor ceiling exposed, to create a striking contrast while maintaining a cohesive design theme. The reception is conceptualized as a street. The backdrop behind the front desk features a “jaali” motif allowing visitors a sneak peek. Playfully designed “seating windows” accented by dynamic highlights of colour, lend vibrancy to the lobby.