Project name: Office, Anagram K110
Architect : Anagram
In a day and age where workplaces have become the most dominant space of occupation within society, it becomes crucial to ensure a certain quality of spaces in order to imbibe a general sense of good cheer and encouragement as well as invigorate the enthuse for higher productivity and outcome. Moreover, it is well noted that when these workplaces are meant to inhabit an office of architecture, along with other creative fields belonging to the same arena, the insistence on the design of the work spaces becomes incrementally critical.
The essence of the design idea was to bring forth a space which would comprise of the modern day requirements but also adhere to the notion of intact-ness of the very practice of architecture, which means that while the office requires the necessities of today, such as the desktops and the printers, the design idea involved breaking the monotony which gets generated when furniture such as long tables, seating a row of employees facing their desktops. By means of employing a design oriented around an open plan which called for sustained interaction between the employees, the intended result comes across and the office resembles the ideal contemporary architecture studio.
As the plan depicted above indicates, the office is observed to have been zoned according to the people and the extent of usage according to the norms obeyed in the office. For instance, workstations have been placed along one portion of the office, while the relatively more formal spaces including the conference room as well as the exclusive cabins are divided by the placement of tables intended for discussion, which is a unique measure of ensuring an aura of interaction within the office, which is an essential requirement for an architecture studio.
A unique design element, an object of immense appeal, observed is the entrance staircase, which, besides its functionality as a means to traverse across levels, is responsible for the formation of a seating space, which forms the semblance of a recreational space within the confines of the office, and makes it ideal for them to unwind and interact, and eventually gain a sense of freedom and creativity which is an aid in evolution regarding thought and the design process.
The importance given to natural light and its enhancement of a space is portrayed by means of implementation of the provision of light wells and skylights, along with skirting of basement walls for the adoption of diffused lighting within the design idea.
One of the unique features adopted in the design is the artwork, created by artist Anpu Varkey, along the facade at the end of the workstations, of a mechanistic ant, which is a mural spanning the entire wall. Not only is it a stark element in the designed office space, it is a representation of the firm itself, conceptualized along the lines of the underground premises of the work space, and drawing parallels with the idea of collective intelligence and shared work exemplified by the ant.
The design of the furniture within the space is synchronized with their idea of openness and increased interaction within the space, with the dominant color scheme being earthy and natural, emphasized by the stark neon green.
The work space of Anagram Studios is a true reflection of their ideology. Their design philosophy stems from the idea of open planning and introducing a varied extent of spatial by means of introducing interaction between spaces and not just sole individuals. With multitudes of work behind them as well as ahead of them, the office will serve to offer them the best, as they cater to others.
– Devashree Vyas ,Volume Zero.