Dr. Ramesh, an interior and spatial architect, Archinova Design Pvt. Ltd. draws his expertise from multi-disciplinary practical and educational background. In an exclusive interview with Sawdust, he shares his vision and focus towards 2018′. Says he that their primary focus would be to not only improve the quality of employees satisfaction working in the Government organisation but also improve their efficiency at work place. He also adds that there is a lot of thrust to this sector to improve the infrastructure, as they are the back bone for the country development in several spheres.
Can you tell us about the beginnings of your practice? What were the formation years like and how did your work evolve?
I started my practice on January 18, 1995 at Hyderabad with one staff to work on the drawings as at that point of time we did have computers for preparing the drawings even though many architects were not well versed with using computers in design. All the drawings were prepared manually so the skill set of the architects were judged by the client on the concept, presentation and perspective views.
Your studio works on a diverse set of projects – public and private. Is there a ‘process’ or’ method’ that is central to your work? How do you approach your work?
We have different departments like architecture, interior, electrical and HVAC headed by vertical heads. we work on private, corporate and government projects. We get the lead from the existing clients, reference and then we take the inputs of the requirement from the clients and start the process of making presentation of drawings along with representative views with alternatives in design keeping in view the type of the building and end user requirements.
Tell us about people and things that inspire your work.
I appreciate the works of different architects across the globe and the methodology adopted in design concept and the final finishes and their concern and sensitivity towards the environment.
Tell us in detail about a project that represents your practice – your most important work.
We recently completed Hexagon Capability Center Ltd. @Hyderabad with a floor plate of 200,000-sq.ft – an engineering based IT interior with core competence in engineering based solution for the Europe and US market.
The goal was to create a space that worked now and in the future, reinforcing aspects of their global identity. We wanted to design a visually appealing and inspiring setting, as well as a functional environment; because at the end of the day, Valley Forge employees need a space where they can do their best work. It has been designed as open environments which facilitate the social and informational interaction between users.
In a knowledge work economy, people are the engine that keep companies growing, adapting, improving and innovating and for a strength of 1150 technical staff working in the facility.
TEN WORKPLACE DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS
Ten fundamental design elements can positively impact the workplace environment and support the work being done:
- Thermal Comfort and Temperature
- Access to Nature, Views and Daylight
- Sensory Change and Variability
- Noise Control
- Human Factors and Ergonomics
- Indoor Air Quality
- Employee Engagement
Along with the above Acoustics, Ergonomics and Lighting are given specific importance in achieving best end user experience.
How do you see your practice a decade from now? What are the objectives you wish your studio to achieve?
It’s going to me more competitive which is technology drive keeping in view of the time lines of the project as time is the essence of contract.
We should achieve optimum and functional design which adds value to the client in the stipulated time.
What is your FOCUS ON 2018
We at “ Archinova “ are looking at a potential in the Government sector as there is huge potential in this area of work.
We are currently working with Government of India, Ministry of Finance – MINT at Cherlappaly Hyderabad for their facility which produces currency for the country. Our primary focus would be to improve the quality of employees satisfaction working in the Government organisation and improve their efficiency at work place. There is a lot of thrust to this sector to improve the infrastructure, as they are the back bone for the country development in several spheres. They are also adopting the changing scenario of the work place to retain talent and contribute to development of the Nation. We would be focusing on end to end solution i.e. Design the space and execute the work in the stipulated time and hand over the same to the end user. We have increased our team strength and focusing on technology for conservation of energy, water, and save the environment by incorporating green spaces.
Our strategy is to bring in awareness among the organisation for a change towards positive life.