Client Brief and Expectations : The journey is only 1% finished. Designing & implementing the tech giant’s office as per the given design manual & keeping the look & feel at par with all their international offices.
Concept and Design Approach :
As with all other Facebook offices, the focus here was on a well-balanced dynamic office which meets their global standards. The premise also houses a sound proofed live studio to be used for broadcasting various live events.
To achieve an aesthetic that’s in line with their design manual, we worked on procuring materials & products locally & from across the world to achieve the aesthetics from their global offices.
The space is lively, colourful, integrated with latest technology yet extremely user friendly. Having a concrete floor & exposed ceiling reflects their company motto – The journey is only 1% finished.
The reception area is an eclectic mix of bold colours like burgundy & teal. The lounge furniture has handmade upholstery featuring traditional motifs and crafts. The silk rug adds another Indian touch to the space.
The meeting rooms small & large are all are treated internally to ensure that sound transfer is kept to a minimum. The space is also peppered with small meeting rooms called the “cozy” to provide a VC capable meeting space for 1-2 people.
The break out spaces for casual interaction or for work are provided at multiple locations within the work area. These are the highlight of the office with their mix n match of various styles of furniture & colourful upholstery. A small open reading library was introduced here which can also be used as a quiet working zone.
The work space is also interspersed with small food & drink bars – The Nano & Micro kitchens, providing beverages & snacks within easy reach.
The cafeteria along with its kitchen were planned in keeping in mind the Indian food habits. The surfaces are all easy to clean & maintain. The furniture is mix of bright colours and in sets of 4 pax tables, that can be used by smaller groups or reconfigured for larger groups. The food servery and kitchen are planned keeping in mind the local food with its prep & heating requirements.
Another key factor for all Facebook offices is there Artist in Residence (AIR) program. Here they collaborate with various local artists to use the wall surfaces within the premises as a canvas. For Hyderabad the inspiration came from the Indian motifs carved on metal screens, typography art using letters from the Urdu language etc.
Hyderabad is known as the city of Nizams. This is used as an inspiration for the photo booth here, which is a miniature of the Nizam’s court.