CW Interiors |
Virtual World | January 2014

Classy Chic

Gaurav Kharkar infuses life into this office with a vibrant choice of materials.

When Architect Gaurav Kharkar took up this project, a simple brief was given to him: the office had to look elegant and appeal to the international clients who frequently visited the office. A vibrant and classy look being the desired outcome, Kharkar decided to go with bright colours and plush materials.

The office is spread over the ground floor, mezzanine floor, basement and first floor; as per clients requirements, the different functional areas are segregated and allocated to their respective floors. The main office entry is through the ground floor, which also houses the main reception area, mini conference, purchase department and MD´s cabin. All other floors are connected from the ground floor by staircases leading to the first floor, mezzanine floor and the basement.

Layout lines
The mezzanine floor has the logistics department and two small cabins. The basement comprises of a conference room for 10 people, besides other office functions like accounts, etc. The first floor has an open lobby, the marketing and HR sections, two small cabins, and the directors´ cabins.

The CMD´s cabin is the most striking of all these spaces. Warm and vibrant, it sports the colour of sunshine combined with a dark veneer. Kharkar used volcano onyx marble for the table top and clad an obstructive column with a mirror to get rid of a prominent eyesore. The unwanted corners created by this column have been smartly utilised by creating storage and a book shelf near the table. Canvas paintings add to the overall dTcor. To tone down the yellow colour and onyx, Kharkar used cement sheet paneling and dark grey flooring, thus creating a stunning and unusual palette!

Serene green
The Joint Managing Director´s; cabin is also a delightful design in its own right. Here, Kharkar has used an elegant and soothing green onyx Italian marble as table top. A serene Buddha complements this, while a dark grey coloured wallpaper, smoked chestnut veneer and white paint serve to highlight the green colour. To camouflage a fire exit door in the JMD´s cabin, Kharkar has created a prominent looking donut-shaped feature wall finished in white PU paint, which not only hides the door within the paneling but also creates some interest to the overall dTcor. The use of white, mirror and veneer makes the cabin look cool and spacious.

For the Managing Director´s space, Kharkar has chosen a minimalist dTcor. The only striking element in the cabin is the Travo onyx used on the table top. The rest of the room is finished in horizontal brown ebony veneer and white PU paint. A modern Radha-Krishna painting brings a touch of art to the cabin.

Meeting point
In the conference room, veneer-paneled wall panels in combination with brown Wenge veneer are highlighted with black and white picture frames. The opposite wall is kept simple with a cream coloured wall paper. All the automation and electrical units are hidden in the Wenge veneer storage, which also forms a design element in the room. The conference table top is made with white Corian in combination with agate semi-precious stone.

For freshness and energy in the staff area, Kharkar has introduced a vibrant and bold orange colour in the form of back-painted glass. The room is also finished in brown veneer and white PU, which is well coordinated with the orange glass. Bands of barcode pattern on the overhead shutters make them a spiffy design element.

Material medley
The reception area is finished in veneer and Corian. Randomly fixed hexagonal boxes on the ceiling and wall, finished in veneer and lit from within, offer the guest a warm welcome. The double-height reception also flaunts a circular hanging light. A staircase made in yellow onyx leads to the lobby on the first floor. A small reception table with alabaster lit panels and a couple of lounge chairs for visitors furnish the small, but pleasant space.

The entire office sees experimentation with materials that are rare to see in offices, a venture that is clearly indicative of the skill and confidence of the architect.

Total Area: 3,300 sq ft
Total Cost: Rs.4,000 per sq ft
Text: Sumisha Gilotra
photos: Sameer Chawda
Meet the designers
Gaurav and Vidhita Kharkar
Firm: Gaurav Kharkar and Associates founded in 2008.
Firm specialisation: Interiors - Residential, commercial and retail. Architecture -
Residential buildings, IT parks, private bungalows and amp; bungalow schemes.
Design philosophy: Functionality is the spine of any design.
Philosophy towards life: Believe in yourself and challenge your limits!
Favourite architect/Designer: Charles Correa and Tadao Ando.

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