Built up Area
With a client brief of an office space for the Airbus Brand, established in the flying business, the corporate office demanded a space that is exciting for the employees and would create a spontaneous and positive working environment. Designed to integrate the three distinct divisions into one unified brand, the office space designed by SWBI intends to showcase the Airbus group story, together with its past, present and future aspirations, while maximizing space and increasing visibility.
Thinking beyond architecture, the design aims to explore and collaborate with other media such as Communication, protocols, food, plants, media, technology, etc.to achieve an optimized solution to spatial planning. An intense program for private office spaces is developed, with almost 1:1 ratio of Closed versus Open Workplaces, while overcoming the challenge to create a sense of openness and transparency. Covering a total Carpet Area of approx. 18,000 Sqft, located on the fifth floor of the building, an almost rectangular, generous floor plate was inherited, with glazing all around allowing for penetration of daylight and external views. An existing central Core comprising of Elevators and Services releases peripheral Floor Space for Workplace and other office functions, while the direct entrance from Guest Elevators & indirect access from Service Elevators becomes conducive to well-laid out, Interior Planning.
Shifting away from the linear corridor paradigm that is uninspiring and tunnel-like, and Maximizing External & Peripheral vision in an attempt Bring the outside world in, the spatial planning brings in external borrowed light and Views to create a vibrant and positive Workplace environment. The planning is done in a manner in which the monotony of the floor plate is broken, and spaces that unique in scale and identity are created in order to endow a sense of place to each space.Allowing for customization and flexibility within a clear framework, people are given the flexibility to modify their workspaces to suit their needs and express themselves within the space. The C2 Cabins are located along the east and north glazing, receiving maximum amount of day light, while the C3 Cabins are located within the workspace, receiving borrowed day light. A diverse range of lounge and meeting spaces (both bookable and non-bookable) are created as a third type of space to allow for meetings and break-out environments.