Project Name: Cumins and Abraham & Thomas Engineers Pvt. Ltd.
Practice: Between Spaces
Excerpt: Cumins and Abraham & Thomas Engineers Pvt. Ltd. is an architectural project designed by Between Spaces in Bangalore. There is a very subtle change in the materiality of the two offices. A&T, being a construction company and run by the father has a more sober palette of materials like hot-rolled sheets on the reception desk, walnut veneer on the partitions and granite flooring.
The interior design of the two offices, Cumins- a real estate company and Abraham and Thomas Engineers Pvt. Ltd. – a construction company on the same premise run by 2 generations of the family, is an assemblage of patterns and colour in a very tight space. The constraint of space had us think primarily about making the place look spacious and vibrant while clearly demarcating the private and public zone. A small waiting/reception area was carved out near the lift and staircase lobby and physically separated from the main workspace using MS fabricated partitions and glass. The MS partition rendered in contrasting colours of black and yellow is highlighted against the white work desks and a more nuanced background.
The interior elements are richly textured and a balanced mix of vibrant colours exhibited by cement tiles, coloured cushions, the neutral tone of terrazzo on the reception desk, granite flooring and cement boards used in the ceiling. The false ceiling is composed of dark walnut veneer strips overply and contained within a much lighter cement board bulkhead. Bespoke light fitting integrated with fans allows light to spread playfully under the veneered ceiling.
The patterns in the cement tile flooring have been continues on to the terrazzo finish reception desk and the bison board panel behind the desk, thereby bringing a certain amount of visual coherency and playfulness. This multitude of colours, patterns and material palette reflect the sensibility and ethos of our practice.
Materials used – MS, glass and walnut veneer (partitions); hot-rolled sheet, bison board panel, Terrazzo; ply finished in dark walnut veneer, cement boards (ceiling); granite, Cement tiles(flooring)
The speciality of the project – There is a very subtle change in the materiality of the two offices. A&T, being a construction company and run by the father has a more sober palette of materials like hot-rolled sheets on the reception desk, walnut veneer on the partitions and granite flooring.
Whereas, Cumins being run by the younger generation is peppered with pops of colour juxtaposed with the neutral colours of terrazzo and cement. A conglomeration of patterns of colour and materials to enhance the experience, both these office spaces were designed to infuse vibrancy into everyday work life.