When we imagine workspaces—especially the legal kind—we majorly think of a traditional style, replete with oversized leather chairs, chunky wooden bookshelves and framed artwork perhaps because of the profession which is presumed for being conservative. However, while designing this law office, V Law Attorney, in South Delhi- architecture firm Studio MaYa—helmed by Principal Architect Mayank Yadav—took a different approach. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) spoke with the architect to collate more details of the project. Read on:
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Elaborating on the directive given by the clients, Mayank says, "The brief from the client was simple: a sophisticated space, elegant, simple, and modern. The first task, however, was to break all the existing walls in the space as it lent the law office a cluttered look.
Before Studio MaYa took charge of re-designing the space, it existed with smaller rooms that failed to provide a visual connection. The entire ground floor was converted into an immense office area with the execution of architectural changes to maximize space as per the requirement.".
Lying on the Principles of Transparency and Openness
Transparency is being embraced by today's progressive law firms to encourage a more open and inclusive work environment, as well as to reinforce the firm's culture and organizational structure. The overall tone and materiality of the space is highly inspired by colonial courtrooms. It is critical to understand how a legal business operates so that the design of its rooms can meet its unique needs, which amalgamates all the linear requirements to the focal points.
Elements such as glass-fronted offices and conference rooms allow diffused light to enter dark workspaces while also removing obstacles to knowledge sharing, associate mentoring, and broader communication of business goals, creating new opportunities and insight.
Light and Free Flowing
When you enter the law office, the reception area greets you, followed by the conference room on the left. The workstations follow, accompanied by senior cabins and a lounge area for private meetings.
They are all visually connected, without infringing on privacy. The master cabin for the firm's director is located off the reception area to eliminate noise and ensure privacy.
frontal symmetry and a neutral warm colour, dissolving ideas of regularity and pattern on the side walls of the individual cabins, and workstations. As law offices go, this one definitely transcends conventions.
The choice of retaining old flooring and enhancing it with carpeted floor, including a feature wall at the reception area, monolithic design for the washrooms, and choice of material and profiles for the conference uplifts the entire design scheme which helps the initial vision of correlating beautification with cost efficiency.
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Any office makeover should start with space programming because the configuration of square footage is defined by how each organization wishes to work within its space.
On talking about the challenging part, Mayank states, "Realizing the entire process within 50 days amid active building was the major challenge and which was done nicely. Designing for fluidity was key to this firm’s design, due to which inclusivity of existing foliage and greenery led to a sustainable approach.
Project Name- V Law Attorney
Project Type- Office Interiors
Location- Defense Colony, New Delhi
Area- 2300 sq. ft.
Design Studio – Studio Ma:Ya
Photographer – Ruuhchitra
Contractor’s – K Sharma Contractors
About the firm
Studio Ma:Ya is a young dynamic studio in New Delhi delivering ambitious living spaces that combine functionality, sustainability and aesthetics with elegance. The studio relishes current trends, lifestyle patterns and amalgamates into day-to-day living scenarios. We as a studio fulfill the requirements of the clients in a symbolic manner to stand as a landmark at spatial scale. At Ma:Ya, every project undertaken is processed with equal enthusiasm and a collaborative frame to achieve our client’s requirements. Our work is entrenched in a keen awareness to our environment and the context we are building in. We strongly believe that communication and collaboration are key factors in creating engaging, human-centred environments. Our curiosities invite questions that lead us to a thoughtful, personal, interactive, and memorable work experience that yields on-target solutions and results. In less than half a decade, Ma:Ya indulged in various parallel domains including residential, commercial, institutional, hospitality and much more. We work for both sides of scale from designing a product to building up entities.
Ar Mayank Yadav
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