This endearing office space for Mehul Tours and Travels by Project 1505 adroitly references terminology associated with the service that they offer in it’s design language. Adhering to principles of vastu, the space has been divided into two zones: the ‘arrival zone’ and the ‘terminal zone,’ connected by an archway that has been fashioned to represent an aerobridge. The highlights of this engaging and highly contextual spatial experience include window safety grills that create projections of city skylines on muted blinds as the sun shines through them, a bespoke currency map, and a plethora of travel articles and magazine columns that feature as a decor element on the ceiling of the multi-use work area.
“A distinctive vastu requirement was to have the L-shaped space divided into two clean rectangles,” explains the designer. In a wonderfully conceived design response, the Studio created two zones. The ‘Arrival Zone’ features a reception and an enquiry room, while the larger ‘Terminal Zone’ encompasses two directors’ cabins, an executive lounge, a multi-use work area, a conference room and other utilities. Connected by an archway that has been fashioned to represent an aerobridge, the Terminal Zone begins with a peripherally organised series of cabins that have been strategically manipulated to conceal three structural columns. The in between spaces have been cleverly repurposed as filing and utility cabinets, seating booths and a printing station.
“To highlight the different natural light scenarios in the two zones, a dramatic contrast between materials and colours is used across the project. Door panels from around the world form a pristine white backdrop for the red oak reception desk. At night, this big white element works as a lantern, reflecting its own light. The flooring pattern and material also work in coordination with the changing colour palette in the two zones,” continues the designer.
A perfect representation of harmony between aesthetics and functionality, the workstations have been positioned in the immediate view of the Directors cabin for visual communication and surveillance purposes. “A white figure-ground map on glass prevents direct visibility into the dark conference room while allowing a clear view of the workstations from the inside. The executive lounge is organised as an informal cabin which reflects the executive’s femininity within a multifunctional workspace, where she can create and also welcome clients and friends privately,” the designer elucidates.
“While an office is typically designed as a workspace for the directors and the employees, this office for ‘Mehul Tours and Travels’ also provides a spatial experience for the clients; allowing them to perceive the design elements in their own ways and relating to memories from their past travels, while also inducing them to look forward to making new memories,” concludes the designer.