The corporate office of Clariant Chemicals in Mumbai, designed by local architects Planet 3 Studios, was a challenging project requiring the resolution of complex interrelations between business verticals spread over 9290 square metres on multiple floors. This project breaks new ground with a dramatic reception doubling as a band experience space, a crafted snaking form visually linking the office together, multiple break-out spaces, a visually exciting cafe designed with acoustical considerations and extensive use of embedded technology throughout the space.
An elongated reception area on the 9th floor straddles two cores and ensures, that once inside, the visitor doesn’t have to leave the company’s secure area to access different parts of office. It is an architectural expression of a bold statement of purpose by the company to be recognised as a leading player in the industry. With backlit stretched PVC ceilings, a dramatic curving wall leading inside, a sculpted reception table as a striking focal point in the space, fire-engine red back painted glass meeting rooms and outsized screens displaying company information.
An almost three-metre wide central passage with clear sight lines and vinyl flooring ensures that the office retains the sense of being as one integrated space while allowing cluster grouping of functions. A faceted partition, crafted out of wood, turns and twists to form alcoves and spaces for casual interaction. Space planning has been done in a manner, with strategically inserted cabins and other walled spaces, which break the open plan at points of change between unrelated departments and businesses.
Technology-enabled casual meeting spaces and digital displays for personal signboards facilitate a forward-looking agenda. Occupancy and daylight sensors, responsible material choices, energy-efficient lighting and integrated management systems offer a smarter alternative in the new facility.
Offering a break from the work environment, and designed to have the draw of contemporary casual dining destination, the cafeteria promotes a social side of work. Square acoustical panels help manage the noise factor inside and loose stackable furniture doubles this cafeteria up into a town hall meeting space, fully equipped with projection systems and LCD screens, the space can transform into a seminar space with ease. The architects designed special luminaries that light up both ways, highlighting the ceiling while providing tables with illumination.
Architects | Planet 3 Studios, Mumbai, India
Location | Mumbai, India
Technical info | PVC ceilings and flooring
Picture credits | Mrigank Sharma, India Sutra