Workspaces should be airy, flexible and ergonomically sound. Bengaluru-based architecture and design firm DOTMINIMAL led by Sameer Andre has leveraged the power of design to transform this old office setup into a rejuvenating, liberal and breathable workspace. Sited within a typical roomed residential plan, the 1500-square foot office space demanded more collaborative space than capsule cubicle planning. Hence, the architect planned to strip down all the unnecessary walls and remove heavy window grills to create a space that encapsulates creativity increases productivity, and encourages collaborations. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) received more information about the project dubbed ‘The Open Play’ from the firm. Scroll through to take a peek at the amazing workspace.
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The site was an old office setup working within a typical roomed residential plan. In contrast, the handed design programs prompted to have a more collaborative behavior of work. Hence, the design demanded liberal planning.
Unnecessary Walls Are Eliminated
Challenged by the existing room structure, the first move was to strip down all feasible internal walls allowing the space to breathe.
Doing so would allow in getting a sense of the actual floor available to deploy a design program, enabling dialogue across the floor, visually and literally.
Twist in the Window Configuration
Later, along with walls, many other existing elements were taken down, which need not support the collective design aspect.
All the existing cluttered windows having busy metal grills were replaced with solid teak wood frames to complement the indoor plantscape and mood.
A slight twist in the window configuration, partially fixed with top hung, brought more daylight, visibility, and ventilation into space.
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Birch and Teakwood Furniture
On the other hand, the floor deals with micro-concreting by retaining and treating the existing base, which helps achieve maximum possible headroom. The seamless visual of flooring alternatively annexes an immense space. The materials played a notable role with their subtle natural properties within this shell. The duo of white and micro-concrete floors enhances the spacious output of the building.
At the same time, birch and teak wood coexists, complimenting each other in loose furniture and as part of an envelope.
A Space For Conversations
The design talks about making a floor more collaborative than capsule cubicle planning. Space, light, materials, and ergonomics play a crucial role in combining space and holding it together.
With its extrovert behavior, the design is speaking and revealing itself over time, allowing everyone to collaborate and share. The refurbished space unfolds new stories with time and for inhabitants, like a theatre in an open play.
Project Name: The Open Play
Project Category: Interior Design, Refurbishment
Location: Bengaluru, India.
Area: 1500 sqft.
Firm Name: DOTMINIMAL
Architect : Sameer Andre
Photographer: Shamanth Patil J.
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