Ar. Shilpa and Sameer Balvally of Studio Osmosis creates an artistic and functional design for Mumbai based dye manufacturing company, which highlights the play on material and colour palette.
The design of Mumbai based firm, Ambuja Intermediates represents an effective play on colour and material palette along with the use of artistic elements which gives a very professional look to the interiors. The owners of Ambuja Intermediates- which specialises in manufacturing of dye and dye intermediates wanted a Vaastu compliant design for their office, which is very functional, budget friendly and goes well with their core work philosophies. After thoroughly understanding the client’s brief, the architect duo Shilpa and Sameer Balvally came up with a concept which was majorly inspired by the company’s work philosophy, which is very intricate, precise as well as niche, as they deal in chemical manufacturing based on sustainable and green policies.
A colour palette of grey-beige-white has been used in the entire office along with effective use of greens and yellows at some places which seeks inspiration from the company’s green policies. Besides the logo of the company is blended well with the colour scheme in a smart and subtle way which creates a balance between corporate and casual atmosphere.
With regards to the materials palette, the most prominent material used in creative ways is birch ply, which has been kept in its raw form for various tables along with laser cutting done on the same, reusing even the cut waste pieces. The colour palette flows subtly through the materials used in the entire office. The ceiling in the open office area is exposed which highlights the steel beams running through the space also providing good height to the space at the same time. The layout of the office facilitates ample natural light through the windows in the open office area. The walls have been finished in paint and subtle wallpapers in some areas.
Special care was taken to keep the furniture and light fixtures in sync with the colour scheme, mood, and ambience of the office. While planning the open work area, the designers ensured that the space receives ample of daylight which reduces the need for artificial lighting in the day. The suspended grey pendant lights in the open office elegantly highlight the exposed ceiling adding to well-lit space.
The open office has been designed with contemporary workstations in white and an open ceiling with suspended lights and exposed services adding to the character of the space. The custom designed graphic pattern on the columns adds colour to the otherwise neutral space in a subtle and elegant manner also connecting back the patterns throughout the office. The Executive cabins in the centre of the office have coloured film on glass partitions which streams in light and adds character to the space forming a connection through the cubical mass. The conference room also follows the colour scheme of the entire office. The TV is hidden by a sliding panel with back painted glass. The panel acts as writing board and slides to the side in case the TV is in use.
On entering the office, one can see an elegant reception desk in birch plywood with a striking back-lit logo of the company at the backdrop. The small meeting room in the reception area adds quirk to the space with its bright green colour walls. A brick pattern in grey and white laminates on the backdrop continues to the other side, camouflaging the door to the sampling room. The ceiling is simple with grooves and ambient lighting. The test tube wall designed and executed by the architects gives an artistic yet straight forward representation of their work and company philosophies. The test tube wall features 24 test tubes with coloured sand and small planters. It was designed as an art installation based on the company’s sustainable principles of recycling its raw materials thus making a statement as well as enhancing the space.
The feature wall, on entering the office space has been designed with the basic hexagon as a module, further divided into triangles and is finished in different materials like stone finish laminate, birch, wood, and artificial green turf. With a pair of lounge chairs and coffee table in front, the feature wall makes a subtle yet corporate statement as one enters the main office, which also acts like a mini-break out cum waiting area. The custom designed graphic pattern on the columns in the workstation area adds colour to the otherwise neutral space in a subtle and elegant manner also connecting back the patterns throughout the office.
The private lounge next to the MD’s Cabin has been designed with hexagonal wood wool panels which forms an interesting artistic pattern on the walls and functionally adds to the room acoustics being a slightly more private space. The striking yellow and white panels stand out subtly against the grey wallpaper used in the space.
The AMD Cabins are simple yet classy with neutral colour tones, horizontal bands of laminate and a striking green soft board panel at the backdrop. The wallpaper used in these cabins is elegant and continues the horizontal language within the space. The desks are minimalistic in design with similar elements from the MD’s desk design.
In short, the architects have successfully created a design which effectively merges the colour scheme, material palette and the artistic elements in one thereby giving a professional look of the set up which very well goes with the company’s business philosophy.
Project Name: Ambuja Intermediates
Area: South Mumbai
Project Head: Sameer Balvally, Shilpa Jain Balvally
Design Team: Komal Vaidya
Photo: Kunal Bhatia, KB studio