Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Planning Interactions – Designing Collaborations in Noida, India by Chaukor Studio
October 3rd, 2017 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Chaukor Studio
Successful work spaces thrive on environments designed for oscillating needs of people. The entrepreneurial air of the millennials has further diversified the typology of office spaces. They need a mix of functionality and flexibility. The shift in work culture has created a wave of co-working spaces catering to individuals and teams, with spaces for work and play.
Planned as one of the largest co-working space in the National Capital Region, QA Infotech co-working is one such space that achieves these essential attributes through strategic planning and a vibrant design. The spaces have been planned to create a balance of private and collaborative areas catering to the need for focus and interaction.
Co-working- A Global Phenomenon
Technology has incredibly transformed the way we worked. On one hand where it has given local start-ups and entrepreneurs global recognition, on the other side it has created the opportunity for organizations to remotely collaborate with professionals around the world. Technology has changed the traditional framework of work spaces.
This is the age of entrepreneurs and start-ups. Millennials are opting for independent career choices. Work cultures are evolving faster than ever. This has generated a need for stimulating environments which are creative and collaborative.
Flexibility as a tool
For the existence of a holistic working environment the fulfillment of the following four aspects are needed – learning, collaboration, focus and socializing. Taking these needs as the basis, design for the co-working was developed. Unlike conventional cubicled office spaces, QA co-working incorporates a diverse mix of working and recreational spaces. This diversity has been achieved through integrating collaborative zones within close proximity of working clusters.Variety of collaborative zones have been integrated within the office to instigate interactions and networking opportunities. In addition, a combination of enclosed and open working zones are planned to support individuals and organizations of various scales. This flexibility of option befitting the individuals creates a sense of comfort and ownership.
Legibility and Comfort
Unlike traditional office spaces, where the acquaintance is a time bound factor, the impression of space for legibility is critical in co-workings. Various design strategies are incorporated to interact with the co-workers instincts and create an aware picture of the space, easing their movement.
The various zones seamlessly conjoin as a holistic space with visual connectivity for ease of movement. But for the purpose of pragmatic functioning, gradual level differences and translucent partitions are incorporated.
Junctions for collaboration
In addition to formal discussion pods and meeting spaces, plenty of multi-user interactive zones are integrated with workstations. These are designed to function as workstations as well as informal discussion tables.
Flexibility achieved through design has led to multifunctional work spaces.
The open character of the co-working floods the office with natural light. Together with a material palette of natural finishes – wood and bamboo, space provides with an essence of comfort to the co-workers.
Parts to whole
With the vision to create a collaborative work environment balanced work space for focus and engagement alike, becomes essential. In addition to planning and design of working zones, placement of collaborative areas becomes fundamental in creating a holistic space. An equally sensitive approach is used to create the recreational spaces.
For example, the cafeteria is a combination of sit-outs, landscaped terraces, walkways and playing areas become the very reason for people to interact and engage. With thorough planning and design, extremely vibrant and user-centric environments can be generated!
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