Modelled by the team of Empatio Architecture, Rishaba is a 4000 sq. ft office space designed to accommodate the upper echelon of a prominent 3rd generation export-based company headquartered in Chennai. Envisioned as a space that carries out the client’s requirement for a new-age, young, welcoming & vibrant identity - the elite office showcases the brand’s sensibilities and ideology to its international customer base. The team has shared more details about the project with SURFACES REPORTER (SR). Take a look:
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Located one floor above the company’s existing offices, this new office space is dedicated specifically to the directors of the organization, with allocated areas to hold small-scale discussions, large team conference meetings and a segregated zone for the directors themselves. This space has an adaptive work layout that encourages brainstorming, casual discussions, and other collaborative engagements.
Adaptive Office Layout
The open floor plan, high ceilings & large windows that came with the shell structure were advantageous elements that allowed us to adopt a flexible work environment that is both bright and airy.
Accounting for the clients’ requirements, we came up with a floor plan segregated into 2 specified zones – A public zone which has the reception area, common lobby, meeting room and board room followed by a private zone dedicated especially to the directors for collaborative working and to entertain special guests. The energy of the brand is communicated throughout both these zones through hues of blue which make up the home colour of the company.
The Public Zone
Upon entry, the eyes are treated to the curving wooden wall partition that holds a relief of a dramatic Nataraja deity, signifying the creative nature of the company. Elements with a soft yet distinct curvature fill the areas of visual perception, adding fluidity and a sense of drama arising from the subtle play between linear edges and empathizing curves. The soft curve in-built seating areas, finished with lime plaster, creates a warm glow and gives a welcoming reception for their customers
The main conference room is filled with fun elements like the customized metal dichromatic chandelier, fluted TV wall with floating glass displays, live edge reclaimed wood resin table, built-in striped fabric seating and the central table area with a pebbled flooring.
The Private Zone- Director's Cabin
The director’s expansive zone is designed to be a fully equipped, exciting, flexible & collaborative space, which can adopt both casual and formal engagements like small to large team discussions, brainstorming, wall projections, spaces for product display and independent work desks for all the young directors. The space inherently reflects the clients’ love for colour, forms and vibrance
Fluidic waveform partition maintains the privacy of the directors’ workstations at the same time adds to the dynamic energy of the work environment.
The varying levels and floor treatments were created consciously to assign visual boundaries to activities that may simultaneously take place in the otherwise large open area.
The director’s dining is designed as a semi-casual space with a subtle mural wallpaper, terrazzo flooring, a ceiling adorned with a modern bubble glass chandelier, warm wooden colours, and bold black accents on furniture.
It has a fully equipped pantry and a dining space which can be used as an everyday dining area and double up as a hosting area for special guests.
Managing Director's Cabin
The Managing Director's cabin is designed as a modern functional space where textures and hues elevate the space.
Cement-finished grid wall, pale blue shelving units, customized wooden furniture with tinted black highlights and brass accent lights add up to the charm and appeal of this masculine space.
Project name: Rishaba
Company name: Empatio Architecture
Location: Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
Completion Year: 2022
Photo credits: Phosartstudio
MEP services: Air Treatment Engineering Pvt Ltd.
Contractor: Vibhastructure Pvt. Ltd.