A move to a new, purpose-built office is a great opportunity to improve on what went before. And more often than not, that means an open, collaborative work space, and a more flexible environment that helps to futureproof the business.
When Clariant Chemicals, a leading specialty chemicals company, moved into its new 9290m² office in Airoli, Navi Mumbai, the operations base needed to reflect the company's vision.
Kalhan Mattoo, one of the principals at Planet 3 Studios the company commissioned to design the new office says the managing director was looking to make the organisation more open and connected.
"They wanted a more fluid office, with less separation between activities and functions they were looking to consciously break down boundaries. The design was to further that ambition."
Spread over four floors (8 to 11), the project came with complications right from the onset, as the multiple levels did not share a structural core. Additionally, there were concerns about how the open floorplan might impact the usability of floor space in the office. However, meticulous pre-planning ensured the design best underscored the client's vision.
The problem of the multiple levels not sharing a single core was addressed by locating the main reception on the ninth floor. This serves as a holding area for visitors, as well as a connection between the two structural cores.