Ar Aman Aggarwal achieves maximum efficacy using bare minimum elements in the Office 543. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) shares how the office located at a small site in the busiest lane of Mohali, Punjab achieved the feat.
Office 543, designed by Ar Aman Aggarwal, Principal, Charged Voids in the busiest hub of Mohali was created on a site measuiring just 140 sq mt for a builder. The design brief was to create an office that had to be a reflection of both the builder’s execution skills and the design philosophies behind the architect's projects.
The concept was primarily a response to the narrow & small site located on one of busiest roads of Mohali (a satellite town of Chandigarh). The central idea was to design a closed box opening mostly skywards but with careful gaps looking into the street and using the courtyard as a buffer between the exterior & the interior.
Office in the busiest lane of Mohali on a small site
The strong & clear geometry of intersecting lines & an ellipse resolve a complex brief and create the requisite spatial sequence. The idea was to utilize the small site by building the bare Essential number of elements with each element achieving its maximum efficacy.
The primary requirements were a small reception, a large office with an attached meeting room on the ground level and a workspace for the accounts team along with a second office on the second level. A significant requirement was a separate access to the terrace to allow for future expansion with ever increasing floor area ratios in these commercial hubs.
All the requirements were met with a clear thought of spaces flowing into one another along with a large central volume.
Two intersecting walls that form a sort of “L” allow reorienting the entrance towards the main centre of the commercial hub which is located just after a plot on the left of the site.
The other wall allows for a separate access to the third level & also the washrooms for the main office.
The central ellipse on the ground level is the closed meeting room (required for all cash transactions prevalent among builders) which is attached to the main office as well as the central space.
The interjection of courtyards & skylights is a strategy that allow the architect to experience the fragments of nature like the wind, light & greenery & break the powerful geometry of the elements of design.
The facade is like a blank canvas for the light to manifest its magic filtering through the foliage of the tree right in front of the site.
The overall material palette is limited to only White Marble & Sivakasi Gold Granite along with simple white painted surfaces.
About the Architect
Mr. Aman Aggarwal is the founder and design principal at Charged Voids, a Chandigarh based architecture and spatial design practice. He graduated from Chandigarh College of Architecture and trained under Ar. B.V. Doshi, after which he started his own practice in 2007. He has successfully spearheaded many institutional, commercial and residential projects. He has won multiple awards and citations at national and international platforms, including the World architecture festival (WAF RECOMMENDATIONS), INSIDE WORLD FESTIVAL OF INTERIORS (WAF) AWARDS, IIID –MK National Award etc.
Text and image courtesy: Charged Voids
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