FOAID 2022 SILVER WINNER
MR . ARIEZ MUNSHI
OFFICE | INTERIOR
900 SQ. FT
We were excited to do a lawyer’s office since we had a very chilled Parsi client with a great collection of law books. Located on the 7th floor of a commercial building in Ahmedabad, ( empty office? ) the site was quite linear with a width of 14 feet and a length of 51 feet. The North and west were both glass facades, with the west side being shaded by the adjoining building. The brief was quite simple : a waiting area, employee space, a meeting space and a head cabin.
One of our first decisions was to sequence the spaces in such a way that one moves from the most public to the most private spaces. In doing so, and by understanding the workings of a small scale law firm, we could convince the clients to eliminate the need for an exclusive corridor and overlap the movement space with workspaces.
There were a lot of things in the office. - books, files, printers, papers, Screens for presentation , coat hanger, plants, manure for them, shoes, artwork, sculpture etc. We needed to have defined spaces for all of these. We were sceptical about dedicating any space towards a separate storage room because that would mean we would have to cut short on other spaces.
So we decided to use this 43’ long wall for these essentials with a structure that is flexible enough to house them all. This is how the wall unit was composed with two 8’ x 6’ MS perforated sliding shutter as file storage and server space in the employee room, The meeting and main space had a play of mass and void within a metal frame structure where the mass is veneer finish boxes for closed storage, the wooden shelf voids are for books and perforated metal boxes for plants.
In this project, the furniture is designed to blend in with the language of the space as well as other pieces designed in a similar manner
The employee table with a metal structure and ply veneer top has a partition perpendicular to it. While designing this we had two scenarios in mind. One was to find solutions for distancing people during waves of covid and another was to try to provide an option of changing degrees of interaction to the employees. So, Instead of creating an environment of exclusion, this wooden louver screen gives freedom to set the tone of interaction.
Both the table screen and file storage screen use different kinds of metal sections, yet the dialogue looks wholesome in the space because they have commonalities like the slenderness of metal and treatment of the color white.
The meeting and head cabin table are made in 8mm CNC cut inter-locked plates welded together by 12mm round MS solid bars. (Table image in detail ) They’re made in minimal manner to use as little metal as possible. Furthermore, At the detailing level, the wooden top is kept free from its structure by supporting it on studs and the use of perforated sheets as modesty screens make the table feel light and apt for a tight space.
Very well made and nicely and neatly done is what I am told by whoever comes to my office. For Ariez, this office has taken precedence over his home. He loves to be in there. The office has been a dream for us for many years and we thank you both for making it come true.