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.
Challenges : Integrating the new premises with their existing office & ensuring a seamless transition.
Concept and Design Approach :
Since the given space was to be integrated with their existing office, the focus was on making this transition seamless not only in terms of operations but also in terms of visual integration.
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 features an exposed ceiling with concrete floors. The wall has a hand painted mural by artist Sameer Kulavoor. The custom made rug & the bold colours of the lounge furniture make it a welcoming 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 eclectic styles of furniture & colourful upholstery.
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.
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. The artists were allocated wall space after a careful study of their individual art style & its impact on the given space.
The office also has a photo booth designed in miniature for clicking some memorable pictures. The one in Mumbai has a theme of the iconic Mumbai Irani café. This encourages the staff as well as the visitors to click & upload photos for Instagram.