CW Interiors |
Virtual World | March 2012

Clean and Clear

Mumbai-based designer Sushant Deshmukh lends CA firm MZSK and Associates' office an understated elegance.

"Designing an office is way simpler than designing homes," says Sushant Deshmukh, Principal Architect, Sushant Deskhmukh and Associates. While designing offices, he explains, one needs to follow certain thumb rules, and the rest falls in to place. For the design of this office of MZSK and Associates, a leading chartered accountancy firm in Mumbai, Deshmukh has taken a simple open plan approach and made the best of the natural light, that comes in from the two glass façade facing walls and floods the office. Given the construction of the building, the layout is pretty much predetermined. But Deshmukh adds class and a work-enhancing look to the space even while following the rules of vaastu to give MZSK the simple, efficient design that the client had stipulated.

Planning it right

Deshmukh has placed the cabins along the two glass façade walls and created a modular workstation bed in the centre. The main Director's cabins lie to the south-west in keeping with vaastu, and the conference room is placed at the confluence of the two planes, thus ensuring that it enjoys fabulous views (including the view of the Bandra-Worli Sea link) on both sides. The rest of the cabins are alongside the other wall. The ample natural light in the cabins makes it unnecessary to switch on lights during the day. The director's cabins and conference room have blinds to mute the natural light if needed; in the rest of the cabins, the light is regulated by the dotted films provided at stra­tegic points on the glass faÇade by the builder.

Deshmukh has used glass for all the partitions to allow a through and through view across the office, as one enters from the reception. The fourth wall is veneer clad, with displays to provide relief from the glass. The reception area is simple and has direct access to one of the meeting rooms which can also be used as a waiting area.

Eye for details

Partial to wood tones, Deshmukh has used walnut veneer in the director's cabins and natural veneer stained to walnut in the rest of the areas. The main work areas are all modular, with touches of orange to offset the neutral shades of wood. "Orange goes brilliantly with the wooden tones, adds life to the space and matches the carpets, which have an orange thread in the weave," shares Deshmukh.

In the main workstation area, veneer-clad beams enclose the indirect lighting. "I love the glow that this warm indirect lighting lends. The spots ensure ease in working, while the helicopter lights above each workstation are personal and can be used by the employees according to their convenience," says Deshmukh. LED lights have been used throughout the office due to their longevity and lower energy requirements.

Straight lines

Dominated by straight lines, the simple elegance of the office is further accentuated with the use of Italian marble in the reception and passages, and wooden flooring in the director's cabins. The horizontal lines in the glass façade provided by the builder have been carried forward in the design to ensure fluidity and continuity of design. Smaller, but impor­tant details like storage and book shelves have been given due attention, and the library right across the reception has been designed such that it can double up as a training room.

A small resting-cum-prayer room has been tucked away in a corner to provide employees with some quiet moments. A tiny cafeteria is also accommodated in this office, with bench style seating and colourful acrylic sheets in its partition to give it a different vibrancy.

An understated elegance and attention to detail are what truly defines the design of this office.

Total Area: 7,200 sq ft (built up)
Text: Sumisha Arora
Photos: Prashant Bhat

Meet the designer: Sushant Deskhmukh

Firm: Sushant Deshmukh & Associates founded in 1989.
Firm specialisation: High-end homes and commercial spaces.
Design philosophy: Create simple, elegant, functional, aesthetic spaces.
Philosophy towards life: Live life to its fullest!
Favourite architect/Designer: Adrian Smith and Geoffrey Bawa.

Contact: Sushant Deskhmukh & Associates, 8/F 95, Sonawala Building, Tardeo, Mumbai 400 007. Tel: 022- 23811511.
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