‘The company desired for a big spread office facilitating to about 400 people in a shift and low maintenance for a smooth functioning around the clock. The office was to be provided with smart planning to not let the walls bring down the long stretch but also let employees work with privacy. A combination of both without hindering the working of the 24 hours shift employees was a task to be planned smartly’, says Monica & Hardesh Chawla, Essentia Environments on GFK Office, Gurgaon
The GFK office is located at Vatika Towers, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon. The GFK office covers an area of 20,000 sq.ft. (GFK is a reputed company operational in various countries and a German based company. Their approach to their base in Gurgaon was that of very urban, minimalistic and quirky). The company desired for a big spread office facilitating to about 400 people in a shift and low maintenance for a smooth functioning around the clock. The office was to be provided with smart planning to not let the walls bring down the long stretch but also let employees work with privacy. A combination of both without hindering the working of the 24 hours shift employees was a task to be planned smartly.
The entire office runs on a circular motion with the movement around the space but does not obstruct the working of different departments. The reception and office pantry are designed as the central unit within reach of all departments. This idea saves time and causes no disturbances to other departments whatsoever. As bringing greens remains a great design input for commercial spaces, the design team incorporated various green walls within glass sandwiches to break the monotony of basic work life. The reception is provided with a seating, as an interactive space for conversation and leading further to the office food counter. The design also involves visual feed on walls that are entirely related to the company’s work ethics and not at all random in their place. As employees spend a big part of their day in this space, a break out space is a must have for well-designed commercial spaces. 3-way seating was proposed to add the quirkiness and comfort to this space in contract with clean white furniture at the workstations. The overall design approach is minimal, urban and in clean geometries.
The cabins and workstations were smartly planned giving due privacy to the employees. (The massive space ran shifts around the clock, hence proposing easy maintenance fixtures and furniture for a smooth functioning was also a priority. 45 days and 45 nights to handover a large corporate space for our clients GFK).
The selection of furniture is modern and crisp. The focus is laid on a functional space with cluster free movement. The reception area is designed with four seating for interactive conversations. The break out space is intentionally introduced with pop colour furniture and fun appearance to serve its purpose of complete comfort and of a relation space. The walls are treated with vertical gardens and greens caged within glass focusing on the importance of greens indoor. The reception area is also provided with a green wall with the initials of GFK jutting out. The ceilings were completely exposed and treated with sheek lighting beautifying the ceiling. The floor (as to be low maintenance) is carpeted entirely, except the reception. Walk-in space of the structure is floored with white natural stone. The ceiling remains raw in its appearance.
A lot of green has been balanced with the grey shades in the entire space and remains constant throughout. These shades are also suitable for the easy maintenance. The colours are soothing to the eyes and perfect to keep up with work mode without causing any distractions. The balance has been brought by using pastel shades in paintings that breaks the monotony.
- project: GFK Office
- location: Vatika Towers, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon
- architect/ interior designer: Monica & Hardesh Chawla
- architecture firm: Essentia Environments
- year of completion: 2017
- photographs: Essentia Environments