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Friday, May 20, 2016

Advocating space!

By Rutvi Ashar
Photography: Courtesy Interface architects
Read Time: 3 mins

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Interface Architects concoct a simple antidote to the age-old dilemma of lack of space: they design a spacious office across split-levels, incorporating all and more that the client desired...


With only a 20 ft. frontage on a trapezoidal 1260 sq. ft. plot, the architects had their work cut out for them - maximising the elevational impact despite this space constraint! 

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work spaces
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Using a split-level programmatic catering to the dual function of visual connectivity as well as communication across the multi-levels, a single stringer staircase complete with a sleek steel finished railing runs through the central axis acting as a buffer, bifurcating public and private zones.

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Space optimization is aplenty both, at the planning stage as well as in the third dimension; where remembering to integrate micro climatic considerations and a long list of client needs seems a given. A built up area of 3500 sq. ft. accommodates a reception cum waiting lounge and open library, two conference rooms and two advocate cabins, a work space for 12-15 people, filing area, store, a small studio space with pantry and dining area, a landscaped terrace, not to forget comfortable parking!


exterior elevation
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exterior elevations
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The facade is a remarkable blend of modern concepts and traditional cladding, where the sun shades and planter boxes make for an appealing frontage (west side/road facing), while the burnt orange brick cladding breaks the monotonous white. Deep recesses on the west shade the interiors and keep them cool; whereas skylights on the north invite in soothing natural light. 


private cabin
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A very formal look is achieved by plush leather furniture, wood-finished panelling and glass partitions; however, a playful element is introduced in the form of a landscaped break-out space on the terrace that allows for informal interaction and office parties!    

skylights
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skylights
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Distinctive massing, well planned levels, an overall luxurious vernacular look and optimum use of space highlights the creativity as well as practicality that is Interface Architects.

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