Design Team: Karan Bhat, Aparna Dhareshwar, Vinay Mathias
The design of most workspaces is plagued by the monotony of the manifestation of notional efficiency. There is enough documented evidence that the happiest workspaces most conducive to creative thinking are those that foster interaction. Our design for the Welspun Energy head office in Mumbai mimics traditional village open space/courtyard structures in an attempt to create non-hierarchical social spaces that encourage dialogue between the staff. Having been given a fit-out by the client we were asked to work with a floor plate with no external light or ventilation save for the southern side which also had the service core. We then created a node-based logic through a series of workflow associations to articulate the client’s program while completely subverting the suggested ? efficient? the layout we received from the client.