Streamcast’s hip new office in Mumbai
With clean, modern lines, a concise colour palette and bold silhouettes, Hipcouch designs a layered, warm, rich, and inviting office with a café-like setting
In a cosy, approximately 700 sq-ft site, the Streamcast office has been designed as an open, flexible, cross-functional space with a bold colour palette. Hipcouch gave it a café-like vibe, where one can work from too. Clean white walls define the volume of the space giving it an open and airy feeling, balanced by the texture of the cement flooring and dark grey ceiling that lend the space its austere simplicity. “Streamcast is an online content streaming company where the average age of the employees was under 30. The brief was to create a young, vibrant and café-like ambience to provide for the functions needed at the same time create flexibility for the space to double up and become fun,” explains Ridhi Agarwal, principal designer at Hipcouch.
The layout was kept pretty simple, one enters into an open pantry instead of a typical reception, where a couple of monolithic teak bar stools welcome you in to devour a hot cup of coffee to kick start your day. There was a need for a semi private desk in the office which was “the workstation”. This semi-private area was then created with a series of blackboards on pulley, that could be used as discussion boards at the same time serve as a permeable partition between the workstation and the rest of the office. The workstation was equipped with a large brown desk made in unfading teak laminate, a tactile cork pin-up board and a high power ergonomically-designed Herman Miller.
The other desks in the office were more casual and flexible to allow people to choose a spot based on their mood that day. Hipcouch created a series of spaces such as the long window seating with soft neutral hues of grey and earthy undertones, providing comfortable seating and a beautiful view of the green surroundings. This seating also houses the office stationary and files that could be accessed from built-in handles that create a playful pattern on its shutters. Light oak circular tables with chairs upholstered in bold colours of yellow and blue form the remaining seats in the café-office. Casual yet highly functional, these chairs provided the required comfort to spend long hours working on them at the same time a relaxed visual quality to the space.
Like in every office there is a need for a meeting room, but creating a dedicated meeting room would be shutting one entire block of space that would be sparingly used. Instead a sliding folding door in metal and glass creates a flexible space where the meeting room table is a table tennis table with all measurements, finish etc needed so that one could also use this 300 sq-ft of space as recreation zone too.
No office is complete without its services. The fire fighting, electrical and the low voltage were accommodated in the exposed ceiling in its natural form against the grey backdrop. A noteworthy feature is the retractable power source to the round café table that drops down from the ceiling. The lights were carefully curated to provide the café ambience but at the same time be highly functional for an office space.
“Given the multitude of functions that needed accommodating in such a cozy space, we had a challenge on our hands. It was great to see how the team married form with function and came up with such a fun space for everyone. Each and every corner is vibrant and alive while being completely functional at the same time,” conclude Pankaj Poddar and Parikshat Hemrajani, co-founders of Hipcouch.
Name of the project: Streamcast
Area: 700 sq-ft (approx.)
Principal designer: Ridhi Agarwal
Interior design: Hipcouch
Photographs: Anuja Kambli