The Himalayan
Noughts and Crosses | Andre J. Fanthome
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
FlooringInterface
FurnitureTeknion
FurnitureSteelcase
LightingPhilips Lighting Signify
FlooringMilliken
FurnitureViccarbe

Product Spec Sheet
Flooring
Furniture
by Teknion
Furniture
by Steelcase
Flooring
Furniture

The Himalayan

Ultraconfidentiel as Architects

In the ever-evolving world of workplace design, the post-pandemic era has brought a profound transformation.

The importance of creating human-centric spaces has never been more evident. In the millennials hub of Gurgaon, in DLF downtown, Ultraconfidentiel designed the new hybrid workplace for a global technology company.

Thoughtful planning and innovative work settings converge to shape an environment that not only meets the demands of the modern workforce but also prioritizes their well-being and productivity with a strong story, which can attract and retain the next generation of talent.

photo_credit Noughts and Crosses | Andre J. Fanthome
Noughts and Crosses | Andre J. Fanthome

In harmony with its North Indian setting, the design concept of the space draws inspiration from the Himalayas and the Ganga River, meandering through the imposing mountain range. As a result, the space harmoniously blends the rugged characteristics of the mountains with the graceful fluidity of the river, creating a seamless connection between various areas.

photo_credit Noughts and Crosses | Andre J. Fanthome
Noughts and Crosses | Andre J. Fanthome

The space extends a warm welcome to its patrons through an impressive reception and a spacious waiting area. The ambiance is enriched with elements of biophilia, a touch of vernacular materials, and traditional details in furniture design. This inviting atmosphere is further elevated by the seamless integration of “soundscaping” white noises and interactive screens, powered by centralized AI system.

Parameters such as touchless doors, advanced ventilation systems, room occupancy sensors, reservable meeting spaces, automated lighting design, intelligent biophilic soundscapes, smart lockers, and security measures are incorporated to monitor and optimize space performance.

photo_credit Noughts and Crosses | Andre J. Fanthome
Noughts and Crosses | Andre J. Fanthome

This comprehensive approach is anticipated to cultivate a more interactive workforce, ultimately contributing to heightened productivity and employee well-being. Thus, the effective integration of technology becomes crucial in the design of meeting rooms and other exclusive spaces to provide an immersive customer experience.

photo_credit Noughts and Crosses | Andre J. Fanthome
Noughts and Crosses | Andre J. Fanthome

Adjacent to the meeting rooms, well-designed breakout spaces and lounge areas are thoughtfully arranged to facilitate idea exchange over coffee. With this innovative Bleisure Workplace Design, seamlessly blending business and hospitality, Ultraconfidentiel sets a benchmark for this global technology company and the wider workplace community.

photo_credit Noughts and Crosses | Andre J. Fanthome
Noughts and Crosses | Andre J. Fanthome

The design of the corridors linking the customer and employee areas taps into humanity's inherent connection to nature. It provides a journey through a simulated forest, complete with nature-inspired soundscapes.

This meaningful design offers employees a moment of respite and a relaxation experience as they transition through the space. Moreover, strategically placed wayfinding signages throughout the floorplate ensure that the space is easily accessible for everyone.

photo_credit Noughts and Crosses | Andre J. Fanthome
Noughts and Crosses | Andre J. Fanthome

The notable success of hybrid workplaces depends significantly on the appeal of the workplace design, making the commute worthwhile. Consequently, the employee area is meticulously designed based on the principles of Resimercial Design, combining residential and commercial elements to infuse a sense of home and warmth into the office environment. Spaces like the employee hub, equipped with indoor games, green walls, a nap room, and a lactation room, are strategically planned to support employee mental health and foster overall well-being. Moreover, each space, whether it be a meeting room, a breakout area, a restroom, or a workstation, is universally designed, ensuring that every individual is invited to work with maximum comfort. Furthermore, the finishes in various spaces blend different materials and textures, elevating the tactile experience. Moreover, most of the materials employed in the space align with sustainability and green standards. The furniture chosen for the space is crafted from highly durable, recyclable materials, and features washable fabric. Many of the furniture pieces are modular and reconfigurable, promoting a zero-waste circular economy.

photo_credit Noughts and Crosses | Andre J. Fanthome
Noughts and Crosses | Andre J. Fanthome

Entering the design of the work area, distinct neighbourhoods are arranged to accommodate various teams in the office. Each work neighbourhood incorporates individual workstations, meeting rooms, informal collaborative spaces for small discussions, phone booths for individual meetings, and breakout areas muted and earthy color tones have been used, creating a relaxing visual environment conducive to extended work hours.

photo_credit Noughts and Crosses | Andre J. Fanthome
Noughts and Crosses | Andre J. Fanthome

The lighting design, temperature, and intensity are thoughtfully coordinated to prioritize the maximum comfort of the employees. This agile hybrid workplace is fully equipped with technology and incorporates local references from its context. Hence, the approach aims to foster an intensified sense of belonging and emotional connection to the space for employees

photo_credit Noughts and Crosses | Andre J. Fanthome
Noughts and Crosses | Andre J. Fanthome

The project represents a profound shift in ideology, reshaping the aesthetics and atmosphere of office spaces in the post-pandemic era. The space, engineered to evoke emotions while maintaining a flexible work harmony, encourages employees to willingly return to the office and…remain

photo_credit Noughts and Crosses | Andre J. Fanthome
Noughts and Crosses | Andre J. Fanthome

Team:

Client: Confidential - Global Technology Company

Architect / Design Firm: Ultraconfidentiel

Photographer: André Fanthome / NOUGHTS AND CROSSES LLP

photo_credit Noughts and Crosses | Andre J. Fanthome
Noughts and Crosses | Andre J. Fanthome

Materials Used:

Modular Furnitures: Steelcase / Haworth / Herman Miller / Teknion Furniture Systems (India) Pvt Ltd / Framery

Loose Furnitures: Andreu World / Viccarbe / Muuto

Flooring: Shaw Contract India / Milliken & Company / Interface / Mohawk Industries

Rugs: Jaipur Rugs / Kasturi Kraft

Lighting: Philips Lighting

Partition System: Alloy

Miscellaneous: Merino Group / Kohler Co. / KOHLER India / Euronics India / Moodsonic / USGKnauf

photo_credit Noughts and Crosses | Andre J. Fanthome
Noughts and Crosses | Andre J. Fanthome
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