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Friday, August 24, 2018

The modern workplace

By Annie Aggarwal
Photography: Photographix | Sebastian Zachariah; courtesy Sharan Architecture + Design
Read Time: 2 mins
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Designers Kruti and Vipul Sukhadia of Sharan Architecture + Design design a distinct office space for Coolline Agency – air conditioning systems’ sales and service dealers. 

Located in a busy area of Surat city, the 2700 sq. ft.  office is characterized by a simple yet sophisticated brand identity and designed to encourage a lively workplace.

Following an open-plan, the office is well segregated into the requisite departments and workstations, where hierarchy is maintained by variation in size and ambience. From formal spaces like the conference room, accounts and directors’ offices to more vibrant think-out-of-the-box spaces and brightly lit workstations, the office caters to a range of work modes. 

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An interesting feature - being an air conditioning systems’ dealer - is the exposed copper pipes of the air conditioning system used in the place allowing clients and visitors an insight into the workings of an AC system. 

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The exposed ducting and AC system offer a remarkable contrast to the high-end material palette employed across the space. A combination of veneer and natural wood in dark shades and stark matt finishes of metal infuse a sense of warmth. The dark veneer on furniture and walls, at eye level, is balanced by contrasting grey ceiling tiles and beige terrazzo flooring. 

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Colourful pieces of furniture and graphics throughout add a dimension of play, while sleek and stylish elements like the copper pipe staircase railing and door handles introduce an element of quirk and give the space a sense of style. An installation, “Our Global Footprint” represents a world map composed of varying AC copper pipes and activates the central office zone. With the brand’s global footprint highlighted on the map, the work of art doubles up as a pride-instilling and motivating tool that both, clients and employees can identify with. 

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A human-centric approach to both colour and lighting allows for improved productivity and wellbeing of the employees. Interestingly used light fixtures augment the energetic and dramatic aura of the work place, underlining a very modern approach.

Fact File:
Client: Coolline Agency Pvt. Ltd.
Architecture Firm: Sharan Architecture + Design
Principal Architects/ Designers: Kruti and Vipul Sukhadia
Area: 2700 sq. ft.
Location: Surat, Gujarat, India






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