Designing a creative office
Kumar Moorthy and Associates and Via Design join forces to create a youthful workspace
Designed by Narayan Moorthy of Kumar Moorthy and Associates with interiors by Ram Joshi of Via Design, Creative office has a total built area of approx 4,700 m2 and is situated on a 2,100 m2 plot in a semi-industrial area of Gurugram. As a major consolidation providing high-end experiences across the global tourism and travel sector, Creative office desired state-of-the-art spaces for its youthful workforce of 150-200 people that reflected the company’s nature as an energetic and innovative enterprise.
The architects conceptualised a building that eased into its context in its external appearance with a low key form while signifying its nature as an office with a crisp, contemporary and slightly visually complex built form and materiality. Both the clients and the architects did not want the building to be a glass box, seen among contemporary Indian office buildings.
Flexibility of configuration and reuse are inbuilt characteristics of the building, with large span and maximal clear height 1,000 sq-m floor plates using post tensioning with minimal freestanding internal columns. A centrally placed skylit atrium at the core of the floor plate draws in the natural light and has a quiet shaded green landscape as the focus for the interior spaces. Suspended planters shade balconies and envelope the inner workspaces, shading the glazing, screening it from views of industrial buildings on three sides and providing alternate green views and enabling use of full height glazing for maximal daylighting.
The office design is governed by sustainable principles. For instance, the Saint Gobain Planitherm Low E glass in the external glazing enables thermal insulation, decreasing the need for cooling despite the large surfaces of glazing (while its lack of tint enables the surrounding green screens to be seen in natural colour). Zero use of quarried stone in cladding or flooring or the use of natural hardwood in the building, all decrease the building's environmental footprint.
When it comes to the interiors, you find quirky touches in the form of a repurposed antique front door and an iconic Ambassador car painted in the company colour daringly suspended in the entrance lobby - all convey the feel of a youthful, dynamic and energised workspace. The material palette is quiet and simple. The totally synergistic interior by Via Design seamlessly furthers the building’s design motives while allowing primacy of place. Mottled matt grey tiles evoke the simplicity of a concrete floor while being easy to maintain, clean white unbroken ceilings emphasise the sweep of space in more formal visitor oriented spaces.
Architecture: Kumar Moorthy & Associates
Design lead: Narayan Moorthy
Project team: Bhupesh Tandon, Aarti Khokhar, Amit Sheokand, Suhail Khan
Interior design: Via Design
Project team: Ram Joshi, Priya Bishnoi, Sanyam Gulati
Landscape design: Artemisia
Design lead: Nikhil Dhar
Structural design: AKB Consultants (Arun & Anil Agarwal)
MEP design: Krim Engg. (Mukesh Asija)
HVAC: Thermal Factor (DC Gupta); Panasea (Rajiv Prabhakar)
Electrical: Ampower (Vivek Jain)
Building & interior fit-outs: M/S Nirman Bharti Constructions
Structural glazing: Hind Engg
Green screens: ELT India/ Valencia Greens/ Varex
Photographs: Gaganjit Singh