Expressing Ethos


IAB
IAB
December 14 / 2016

The most arduous task for the Collage Architecture team, Bengaluru was designing their own office to effectively express and translate the firm’s collective understanding and idea of architecture into a space that represents the same. ‘Influencing change, creating designs to inspire others and improving the world’ are the basic philosophies which the architects have tried to translate into the tangibility of their office design. The resultant design represents an intelligent, performance-inducing and inspiring space. The 3 bhk house was converted into a multifunctional office space where the design reflects the transparency that the architects revere, with no barriers or hierarchical boundaries between work stations. The entrance lobby acts as a transitional space between the reception and the studio, as well as the informal space for office events and gatherings. Skylights above the space add a sense of vibrancy, while creating an interesting play of light and shade. Light fixtures have been designed as inspirational cubes depicting the works of master architects.

The architects further elaborate that, “The entrance gate made of bison board carries the firm logo on a translucent material which becomes transparent during daytime and glows at the night.” Hues of grey and white adorn the walls since colour within the office should be brought in by its employees. A landscaped court, which also acts as an extension space to the adjoining conference room during large gatherings, provides for some lung space within the office. Murals created using waste model material and a graphic design depicting the principles of architecture are elements which speak volumes about the team's creative prowess. While adding a bit of drama, these principles are a sublime reminder of the ethics the office follows, inspiring newcomers and old employees alike. The space instils the thought that the employees are the most important elements of the office, thereby creating a work environment that induces better productivity. Simple, yet sophisticated and full of subliminal inspiration, the design effectively translates the space into one which can be modified and customised as per requirement of the inhabitants; a truly positive work space that upholds the team and drives them to improve with every passing day.

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