By : wadeindia | 02 Mar 2017 | Recent projects
Rent A Desk
Introduction: RAD is a business venture started out by young entrepreneurs with an aim of having an unconventional yet fun co working space. The 3500 Sft space is an unconventional looking office space for co-working designed to change the way we look at an office space.
To arrive at a very low cost model was a necessity. We took this as a cue, and set out to create a desk space not just for an individual but for small teams to operate within a creative fun space, that would enable various individuals to connect as well.
Concept: When our clients approached us with an idea to design a platform for an affordable co working space. It was an opportunity for us to put ourselves in a flashback mode of about 8 years, when I began my office and found it exceedingly difficult to maintain a space and its expenses.
We tried to break the otherwise plain rectangular space into various angles, thereby creating pockets of desks that give privacy. The spaces that evolved at Rent A Desk allows you to develop a structured work schedule in a secure office space with a formal conference room for your meetings and the additional option of renting an entire room for your team work.
With a closed room for business meetings, Wi-Fi enabled printing and superfast internet speed, the space is a dream set up for creative individuals.
Materials used: As we wanted to keep the costs very low the idea of using treated packing wood came about. We bought wood by the kilos, treated it to be termite free and used it as partitions and cladding.
Majority of wall surfaces were left un-plastered to not only complete the rustic ambience but also to reduce the glare unlike on other reflective wall surfaces.
The look and feel of the space was meant to be raw. It is for this purpose, we decided to let the ceiling be exposed with iron trusses supporting the sloping roof.
Metal mesh was used along with packing wood, for privacy as well as visibility, as a cheap substitute for glass.
Choosing the unconventional route, we decided to go with black chalk boards, instead of enamel glass writing panels.
Lighting: As there was no ceiling, track lights were used to illuminate the space to compliment the truss roofing. The conduits were left exposed to add to the rustic look. The windows were placed strategically such that no screen suffers the day light glare and the same time no artificial light is needed during the day time.
Challenges: To do justice to this venture’s business, it was essential to accommodate a minimum of 100 seats within the available space. After a lot of permutation and combination the goal was achieved.
Look & Feel: To break the stereotype of office spaces, this office was designed to give the space a raw look and feel. The un-plastered walls, the mesh in combination with packing wood, iron trusses and beams, the exposed wiring all give out a rustic ambience.
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