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indiadesignid / August 29, 2020

Zydus Cadila Chairman’s office floor by Iram Sultan

In a signature rendition of restrained drama, Iram Sultan composed this 20000 square foot office space in Gujarat to perfectly represent its context. Defined by an intricate balance of materiality, volumes and adroit detailing, the workplace is an unmitigated reflection of the work that the firm does. A spatial fabric that references the shape of tablets and pills, as well as the pharmaceutical company’s logo, is the essence of this design.

Featuring rounded corners, receding arches and vaulted ceilings, the interior architecture is entirely bespoke. The Chairman, Managing Director and Director’s offices are all located on this floor—each with a personal washroom and dresser as well as adjoining meeting rooms—and have been customised to suit their individual personalities and professional methodologies. The analogous reference to medicines is present in the intricacies of the design as well. Wall panels and door mouldings cite the form of two halves of a broken-apart pill, while inlaid pieces of bronze on either side of the doors have been carved to represent the circular and cylindrical shape of tablets.

One meeting room is anchored by a pill-shaped lacquered table by Rooshad Shroff that has been inlaid with dried flowers, while another features a rock-like base for its table and handcrafted porcelain artworks as accessories. These sculptural pieces are an abstract homage to the plant-based ingredients that Zydus Cadila prides itself on. The company logo has been adapted to create an intriguing marble flooring pattern in the corridors, while the cross symbol has been meticulously interspersed across numerous surfaces throughout the office. The boardroom carpet is another wonderfully curated area, where algebraic signs in the firm’s colours (black, red and blue) create a whimsical metaphor for the bedrock of research that the company is built on. A material palette of dyed oak veneer, delicate bronze sheets and wooden flooring that have been mindfully curated to accentuate beautiful, warm lighting are other distinguishing elements of the project.

 

Photographs by Ishi Sitwala, The Fishy Project

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