MKM Office

Workplace I Jasola, New Delhi
The design of MKM group’s unconventional corporate head office in Jasola, New Delhi is based on the idea of transparency, a shared workspace, and a minimalist concept that makes a statement.

<h5-red>CLIENT<h5-red> MKM GROUP I <h5-red>AREA<h5-red> 4,300 SQFT I <h5-red>STATUS<h5-red> COMPLETED IN 2010 I <h5-red>TEAM<h5-red> AMBRISH ARORA, ANKUR CHOKSI I <h5-red>PHOTOGRAPHER<h5-red> ANDRÉ J FANTHOME

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The brief asked for a clean space that would deliver a statement and exude a certain sense of quality. To address that, the entire space has been devised as more or less a white cube with the introduction of crafted furniture as the main intervention.

Due to its location, the space faced harsh west light, which was cut out by using white louvres that kept the sun away and brought in desired natural light. Peripheral cabins in glass, along the south-west corner in accordance with Vastu, frame a notional central ‘courtyard’ like space that opens out to the green terrace through the glass walls of the boardroom, offering privacy yet retaining the essence of transparency.

The central ‘courtyard’ is elaborately done up with lines of potted plants engulfing the area. The green elements provided act as perfect hideaways for lights which wash over the leaves, creating a beautiful effect. Glass has been used extensively in the space with wood employed predominantly as flooring across the space.

The sound of generators proved to be quite a challenge in the layout orientation. Even though that limited effective utilisation of the terrace space, it has been sensitively planned to create an enjoyable external break out space. Meticulous choice of materials and furniture to enhance the spatial quality was planned, to provide the employees and employers of MKM an ambience of comfort and warmth.

A cool palette of grey-stained cement board, concrete and glass was used to frame the sculpted furniture in CNC-cut stacked plywood. Hand-cast, bespoke brass suspended lamps generate a warm ambience, and artefacts provided by the client complement the spatial styling.