By Savitha Hira
Photography: Ravi Kannade; courtesy Abhin Design Studio
Subtlety in expression augments urbane design of new office by Abin Design Studio, Kolkata...
When Ar. Abin Chaudhuri of Abin Design Studio was briefed by his client at Techno Electric & Engineers Co. Ltd. to deliver an office high on style but non-fussed otherwise, he zeroed in on creating an unforgettably awe-inspiring, uber chic experience that has, by default, become a major take-away from this office.
Simple in composition and minimalist in materiality, the + 5800 sq. ft. office is endorsed by its central spine, on either side of which lie the various functionalities, comprising directors’ cabins, conferencing amenities, client entertainment areas, support facilitators and services.
Bifurcating the various areas with wooden louvered walls on one side and white-washed textured walls on the other, the central corridor is treated as a minimalist sculpture gallery.
Large full-scale sculptures of the male figure are strategically positioned – either moving into a wall, suspended from the ceiling, swaying... to immediately grab eyeballs and create a rhythmic flow in this meandering lifeline.
The treatment throughout is minimalist yet sophisticated. Points of contemplation are devised: first the sculptures; then a feature wall with an end-to-end mural made with electric equipment, alluding to the company’s professional origins; maquette-like miniatures of the life-size human forms; floors and walls in Carara marble...
The art of restraint is palpable. There is warmth emanating from the wooden elements, especially the director’s chamber that sets off a welcoming classic feel with deep-cushioned seating, plush carpets, et al; whilst louvered partitions and their resultant chiaroscuro weave a distinct narrative amidst this seemingly intellectual ambience.
The restrained use of colours and materials, simple yet delicate detailing and the inclusion of art and sculpture render this workplace a modern, tasteful office space that is very vocal even with its silence!