CW Interiors |
Virtual World | July 2016

Futuristic edge

DSP Design Associates combine industrial style with innovative design for the new office of NICE Systems, Pune.
Here´s a fresh take on the concept of industrial style ´ one with a futuristic touch. DSP design Associates were given the brief of creating a contemporary and pleasant work space for NICE Systems, Pune. The space was required to send out young and energetic vibes while sporting a global appeal.

To achieve the desired look, the designers have created spaces around a central bay that is aligned at a 45-degree angle to the rest of the office. Planned right in the middle of the facility, this zone is the epicenter for all the energy that radiates through the workspace. Decked with three big collaboration zones, two media-scapes and several intimate discussion set-ups, this space offers various settings for co-working, collaboration and team discussions as well as leisurely chats over coffee. The vibrant neon furniture highlighted with circular suspended lights and ceiling creates the continuum of the futuristic appeal that is set in motion right at the reception.

The design language
The spacious and welcoming reception with its minimalistic décor immediately establishes the environment of NICE´s multinational positioning. Accented by bright green and purple, the vibrancy of this space is only a prequel to the electrifying and futuristic environment of the office.

The main open office space is designed to resemble an industrial set-up. It features an open ceiling painted in black. It shows off a methodically planned network of air conditioning ducts, electrical conduits and red firefighting system pipes contrasted by a stark black slab. This meticulous geometry is complemented by a white baffle ceiling in the main aisles, which marks the main circulation areas. ´The baffle ceiling forms an interesting element in the design as it defines the main circulation aisles of the workspace and fuses well with circular suspended lights and acoustic panels that are primarily used above the collaboration zones to create a visual focal point and abet sound absorption in the workspace,´ shares Amit Kembhavi, Associate VP, DSP.

Work culture
The workstations are planned in seven compact bays divided by the main circulation aisles. The central work bay in the middle of all the collaboration spaces is aligned at a 45-degree angle for a dramatic effect. To support the agile development methodology, the designers made plenty of room for team work and collaboration all over the office to ensure accessibility from all areas. These zones are planned in various capacities to ensure optimal utilisation of space. The office has a 12-seater conference room and three smaller meeting rooms located strategically for effortless access from any of the work bays ´ making both open and closed collaboration an easy affair. Semi-private media-scapes are designed close to the main aisles to accommodate a larger standing audience.

Touch of hue
Motivating graphics lend the office a lively and cheerful ambience. The array of sprightly colours used in graphics, carpets, soft furnishings and wall finishing adds vibrancy and vivaciousness to the space. The blue glass finishing of the columns double up as writing surfaces. The bright coloured carpets in meeting rooms and cabins are co-ordinated with the colour of the hexagonal acoustic panels and chairs to achieve a thematic look for each room.

As an aesthetically pleasing and functionally fitting environment for NICEG´s exciting and dynamic work force, this office is designed to make work a pleasure.

Total Area: 25,000 sq ft
Principal Architect: Amit Kembhavi
Interior Designer: Kaustubh Kulkarni
Text: Sumisha Gilotra
photos: Sebastian Zachariah

DSP Design Associates, 6th floor, Devchand House, Shiv Sagar Estate, Dr Annie Besant Road, Opp Nehru Centre, Worli, Mumbai 400 018.
Tel: 022-4915 1800.

Meet the designer
Amit Kembhari
Firm: DSP Design Associates founded
in 1988.
Firm specialisation: Corporate real estate, luxury housing.
Design philosophy: One size does
not fit all.
Philosophy towards life:
Always keep calm.
Favourite architect/Designer:
Charles Correa and Lord Norman Foster.

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