Squelette Design Office
‘What we build end up building us’
When architects design a work space for themselves, it becomes both, a thought-provoking formal expression and an intriguing task of technical experiment. At Squelette, creating a new office was more of an opportunity, and when the site first came into possession, it was a meticulously ventilated 500 sq. ft. space with S-E orientation. The stepping stone of the concept is embodied in the spirit of entrenching to the concept of playing with the details, all together with an amalgamation of implementing all the methods for designing a layout.
The process was commenced by the selection of the base: the flooring, which was unquestionably done using Kota stone, considering the cooling properties of this natural stone. The idea was to implement an unconventional use of this Kota stone, by showcasing its different shades and finishes, creating a very humble pattern in flooring.
With the entrance facing the toilet door, the biggest challenge was to conceal it and provide a transition space, yet maintaining the grandeur of the entrance. The concept was to retain the planning and provide a pantry as a transition space, with the skin at the entrance consisting of the parametric paneling as the element, having the door flushed in such a way that it gave an illusion of a continuous façade. The R.C.C. finish wall with biophilic elements at the entrance including embedded planter details give the space a comforting aura. The continuous parallel wall having stucco finish and tropical art pieces and paintings, in ensemble with the Kota flooring imparts the vibe of tropical interiors.
The furniture elements were designed considering the concept of unobstructed surface of flooring. The 6’ long and 2’ 6” wide cantilevered waiting sofa was kept detached from the floor aiding to the parallel concept of unobstructed flooring. In addition to that, the adjacent employee area came up with a challenge of the placement of multiple CPUs below the 12’ long employee desk, avoiding the clutter in the leg space and yet maintaining the concept of unobstructed line of flooring. The idea was to stack up all the units behind an arched element. The small model making and drafting desk has a library cum material sampling storage in the background. Practicing in the city of Ahmedabad is a matter of pride for us which is reflected in the carved veneer element on the wall consisting the map of the city. Every element is designed differently by experimenting with very basic materials. Adding minor tints of vibrant colors to the stunning grey palette help establish a jubilant work ambience.
Functionally, a major apprehension was the lack of space for the activities, which was resolved tactfully and audaciously. There was a need of accommodating both, meeting room and private cabin in that space. The tactful solution orbits around the smart table design, in which a very long 12’ conference table can literally be divided into two separate tables and close partitions to act as separate cabins. Also, a natural material palette is used for the table partitions, storage and the curtains (bamboo). We at Squelette design strive to promote sustainability in interiors also, apart from building designs. The concept of unobstructed flooring is continued in the ceiling also, where the partitions are kept till the lintel level so that the ceiling is visible and unobstructed throughout the length, and very basic light fixtures are used. More than sum of its parts, the design creates an effect where the space looks bigger. The window between the employee area and the architect’s cabin acts as a communication element. The green elements in the form of plantations throughout the design are prioritized as they reflect in our practice and impart more vivacity to the space