E2Open Amber Road
In 2021, E2Open, LLC, a business-to-business provider of cloud-based, on-demand software for supply chains for computer, telecom and electronics systems, components and services chose 2 floor plates on the 1st and 5th floor in Titanium building, Bangalore to create their India headquarter. Design and build project for this vast facility was awarded to Acorp Consultants which they undertook with great enthusiasm.
Spread across 49,000 sft on the 1st and 5th floor, the project execution was carried out phase wise.
The design challenge was to create a space which was a platform for the exchange of ideas and collaboration between employees. The biggest challenge was to plan dedicated workplaces for a headcount of 415 and 251 people on the 5th and 1st floor respectively along with a number of additional functions such as a large conference rooms, multiple meeting rooms, hot desk spaces, cafeteria, central social hub, collaborative areas etc. The 5th floor lift lobby opened up to a grand vibrant reception, which had a waiting lounge designed to complement a very warm and inviting presentiment with a band of bright yellow colour running through the floor and ceiling bifurcating the waiting lounge and the reception area. This colossal reception led us directly to the massive office floorplate through a resplendent social hub situated almost at the centre of the floorplate, easily accessible from either wing of the office. The social hub being the heart of the design, had agile seating arrangement with high tables and barstools, lounge chairs and coffee tables, step seating etc. which also served the purpose of a work-cafe to the employees in case they want to take a quick break from the dedicated work zones and work in a more informal setup.
The floorplates of both 1st and 5th floor had been zoned into 4 zones – Dedicated work zone, Community hub zone, Discussion zone and Collaboration zone. The objective was also to get a functional distribution as well as the whole setting had to contribute to the mental and emotional well-being of the users. The entire spatial zoning was designed in a manner so that all meeting and collab spaces were in close proximity from any point of the floor, making it very well linked office space. Not only work tasks, but also modes of working could often change several times in one day. From multi-team brainstorming or small group problem-solving to intensive customer calls, focused individual work and a healthy downtime arrangement. A productive working day is a mix of communication, collaboration, concentration and contemplation and hence various typology of collaboration zones were introduced in the design spanning from focus pods, hot-desking, scrum areas, informal meeting zones etc. At the left floorplate edge, an expansive, versatile cafeteria was located which was the pinnacle of the office space. The cafeteria had been designed with a splash of colours in terms of its furniture, beautiful wooden light fixtures and numerous plants throughout the café, giving the much-needed break to its employees for the evening snacks.
The interior design language was greatly influenced by the colours in the branding guidelines. Through our design we tried to create a pleasant atmosphere which predominates a contemporary aesthetic with a touch of elegance and simplicity. The base colour being grey, teal and yellow used very intelligently in the furniture, flooring and paint patterns go off with a bang in the office space calling for the right kind of attention.
User well-being and project sustainability considerations were also important to the development of the approach. The fittings and fixtures were designed for the maximum comfort of the employees, benefiting from the availability of natural daylight at the workstations and paying particular attention to the air quality. In the spirit of biophilic design, we designed numerous pots for live plants to purify and uplift the indoor air quality and to reduce stress for users throughout the floor plate by providing natural soothing to their eyes.
A lighting concept, which on the one hand ensured that the lighting complies with the guidelines, yet set accents depending on the situation and supported moods through the luminaire body and