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It is the mark of good design when a new construct feels well grounded. Designed by Mumbai-based studio Sanjay Puri Architects, volumes within volumes lend each functional part of Office@63 their own identity.
Stepping inside the office situated in Navi Mumbai, the design dialogue becomes instantly apparent through the sheer openness of the space at Office@63. The interior is composed of large, interconnected halls which have double and triple height spaces. The entrance lobby in fact extends almost to the full height of the building. A hanging stairway which spirals asymmetrically through this volume connecting the three levels of the office, adds a sculptural touch.
Ahead of the curve
At 20,000 square feet, nothing seems totally hidden away, although clever niches are created for when extra privacy is needed. Each of the spaces within the office@63 is formed by elliptical volumes that create organic circulation spaces between them. A material palette of glass, metallic paint walnut and wood, sound insulation boards, cork and concrete accentuate each area differently. Elegant but hardwearing, everyday materials, such as wood, help create a sophisticated but comfortable atmosphere, entirely fit for purpose.
A large reception space is punctuated by a 36 feet high seating area in the form of elliptical pods floating in a shallow reflecting pool at one end and a landscaped courtyard at the other end.
The voluminous dialogue continues towards one side, where another 36 feet high multifunctional space with movable modular platforms is designed to be used as a furniture display space, a seminar hall or a social interaction space.
Industrial inspired materials adds a masculine tone
Lighting is integrated into the design in multiple ways. Perforated partitions of wood fused with Plexiglas, pyramidal modules ceilings, a conference room with an installation of light-infused aluminium pipes.
On each level, large openings allow natural light into the internal spaces from the northern side and unobstructed views of the factory on the southern side.
One floor has exposed ducting and structural steel which lends an industrial aesthetic to the space of the factory along with the steel finishes for most of the partitions.
Each of the workstation areas, the discussion rooms, the cabins, conference room, multi-functional space and video conferencing room based upon the client’s brief is individual in identity and arranged organically over three levels forming an architectural interior with a composition of varying volumes.
Photography by Vinesh Gandhi