Location: New Delhi
Area: 4,900 square feet
The equation amidst workforces and designed workplaces have witnessed a seismic shift in recent years, all for good reason. The physical design ethos of a workplace has an inextricable effect on its users, essentially impacting productivity, engagement, and morale across the board. Borrowing from this prevailing dictum, groupDCA delves into weaving together the rooted yet neoteric identity of the Pay10 Office in South-East New Delhi.
A cutting-edge Indian company, Pay10 has played an undisputed role in the country’s perception of financial technology. However, with commercial workspaces, there is an absence of a rigid template of spatial constructs. Hence, with their endeavours, groupDCA has ensured that the space at the Pay10 Office is emblematic of the latter’s roots and vision. As a result, the areas echo an artisanal marriage amidst the contemporary and contextual with flair, creating a hybrid amalgamate of indigenous craft and technology witnessed through bespoke design interventions.
The internal Vaastu-compliant layout of the space dons a structured yet fluidic persona. The blueprint unfurls into the reception cum lounge, acquainting one with the sinuous feature wall that reigns the backdrop to the same. The portion to the left anchors a group of meeting rooms, whereas the part to the right is populated by executive offices that experience an exalted sense of privacy. The rear and substantial fraction of the floor plate resting behind the bifurcating feature wall is dotted by an array of workstations flanked by arched-entry open HOD working pods and cabins. Each of these zones faces large fenestrations, tethering them visually to the ubiquitous verdure outdoors.
Functionality, spatial dialogue, and natural materials form an undisputed coalition at the Pay10 Office in the form of the feature wall that playfully indulges in a curvilinear trajectory, hence defining the spine of the workspace. Created by stacking almost 300 layers of ply together in a wavy volume, the wall seems to almost erupt amorphously within the space and delimits zones as an extension of its presence.
The sequestered MD’s cabin and CEO cabins epitomise timeless classic design and render them in a modern light. The structural framework of the spaces in terms of the pre-existing columns and beams were worked into the mix, often being seamlessly integrated into the design narrative inconspicuously. Visual symmetry comes through in the space in the form of a panelled wall dadoing that lines the cabin’s perimeter, creating a harmonious sense of continuity.
A keen eye for detail is the frontrunner in the design scheme that presides over the Pay10 Office, traversing the structural elements of floors, ceilings, partition systems and components such as furniture and the overarching materiality.
The spaces celebrate decadence and minimalism with equal fervour, underscoring the use of wood, wicker, tailored furniture, light-weight storage solutions, ornate custom lighting, traditional art, and hints of indoor greenery — all features synonymous with hallmarks of design upheld at groupDCA.