With new requirements and expectations that mix physical spaces with technologically-assisted ways of working, the workplace is becoming a center for creativity. The office building should adopt an integrated design strategy that focuses on achieving a set of design goals. High-performance office buildings provide owners and users with increased productivity, improved health, greater flexibility, and improved energy efficiency through integrated design. In today’s technology-driven industry, professionals are largely discovering new building and design alternatives. Backed by its 33 years of experience and unrivaled expertise, Eleganz Interiors Private Limited has successfully completed iconic projects such as the WPP Campus – Bay 99 in Mumbai with exemplary quality. Headquartered in Mumbai, they are one of the biggest turnkey interior contractors providing solutions ranging from bare-shell to fully furnished workspaces. Over the years, Eleganz Interiors has showcased strong expertise in Drywalls and false ceiling solutions, such as Gyproc Ecophon, to their clients.
In this interaction with BuildingandInteriors, Mr. Sammeer Pakvasa, Managing Director, Eleganz Interiors Private Limited talks about creating workspaces that drive productivity and how aesthetics blended with performance would be the norm in the office buildings of the future.
About the company
Eleganz Interiors Private Limited is an Integrated Contracting company, specializing in interior fit-out solutions on a pan India level. Established in Mumbai in 1988, Eleganz now has offices in Pune, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru.
They are engaged in a wide range of services such as Civil Interiors, MEP, General Contracting, and Design & Build Services. As one of the most popular turnkey interior contractors in Mumbai, they have clients from various sectors including corporate offices, banking and financial institutions, R&D Centres, Retail malls, Prototype stores, and Hotels.
Creating a workspace that drives productivity
The design and environment are crucial aspects of an office. Any team’s productivity, efficiency, morale, and overall attitude can all be affected by a well-designed office and the spirit it communicates. The same conveys a lot about the company to clients and customers.
Moreover, keeping the workplace of the future in mind, it is important to break the monotony and develop different work settings to cater to different activities. For an efficient office design, the goal is to change the work approach from being management-centric to user-centric.
Following are the key factors to consider for designing high-performance workspaces:
When it comes to the performance of any building space, the comfort of occupants becomes the topmost aspect of design. Specifically indoor acoustics, air quality, fire safety, and thermal & visual comfort are the top priorities. These factors remain critical in any workspace design as well.
Acoustic distractions can have a negative impact on employee productivity as interruptions lead to the inability to concentrate. Therefore, to promote privacy, the design should ensure minimal sound transmission between rooms. Moreover, to improve communication and reduce noise-related distractions, interior materials should absorb excess sound.
Employers are responsible for ensuring good indoor air quality for their employees, according to strict health and safety regulations. Minimizing the hazard of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are commonly found in the workplace atmosphere, is crucial for cleaner air and healthier working conditions.
In addition, since a large number of people are present in the office at all times, the threat of fire is of serious concern. Internal partitions that provide passive fire protection are crucial to a building’s fire safety plan. The spread of fire can be contained by subdividing the space into compartments separated from one another by fire-resistant walls.
Aesthetics are extremely significant to boost morale and productivity within the workplace. Employees respond positively to superior aesthetics and lively ambiance, which helps them stay focused. Therefore, high design flexibility and seamless finish of surfaces remain key to enhanced interiors.
In addition, the aesthetics of office space must align with brand identity and closely connect people to the brand, making it a unique space for creative minds to come together.
Considering the above-mentioned factors, there is a growing need for building materials that facilitate occupant-centric design in office buildings. As a result, the need for innovative and sustainable technologies is becoming apparent. Gypsum board based drywalls are the ultimate solution to cater to all these requirements.
Providing excellent sound insulation, improved indoor air quality, superior fire resistance as well as enhanced aesthetics, Drywall systems are becoming the preferred choice in this segment.
Eleganz Interiors Private Limited believes in blending performance with aesthetics to deliver the best results. Be it any building material, the expertise of the execution comes in handy when they experiment. Eleganz believes strongly in this and has tried innovative usage of building materials that blend aesthetics and performance. One such case is with gypsum-based products, which were initially used for finishing purposes. Though the gypsum industry has evolved over time, Eleganz has continuously experimented with gypsum drywalls and ceilings to enhance the interior space and provide the most appealing and highly performing creative spaces to clients. Thus, they are the preferred drywall and turnkey contractors in Mumbai.
Considering all the above-mentioned requirements, Eleganz Interiors Private Limited initiated the use of innovative technologies, such as Drywalls and creative false ceiling designs to create office spaces which are already the norm in any office space of the present. To showcase their expertise and creative thinking and how that translates into innovative usage of building materials for interior spaces, one such best example is their landmark project, WPP Campus – Bay 99, Mumbai, discussed in detail below.
WPP Campus – Bay 99: Modern, dynamic, and future-proof workspaces
WPP – Bay 99 is a Campus project in Mumbai, India, occupying a 374,000 sq. ft. space spread across 8 floors. The project comprises a consolidation of WPP’s 16 top advertising and media agencies and locating them all in a single location under one roof. Therefore, the project aimed at creating the first community-based workplace in India.
The project’s unique characteristic and complexity are that it includes 16 separate creative ideas for 16 different operating companies that are fully integrated by standardization and aligned aesthetically and spatially. In addition, BAY 99 is unique with its energy-efficient systems, process, and construction technologies, enabling a futuristic workplace.
With 3800 employees, the project was required to be an agile, activity-based workplace with flexible space planning. Creativity was key in every step of designing as each brand had its own culture and identity and the workspace was required to reflect that.
In this project, Eleganz identified numerous design options and beautifully blended aesthetics with performance by incorporating gypsum-based solutions such as drywalls and false ceilings. Below is a showcase of the same.
Creative False Ceiling Shapes blending aesthetics with acoustics
Whether the goal is architectural impact alone or acoustical and thermal performance, the colourful fiberglass clouds, baffles, and decorative gypsum ceiling boards prove to be the best option. In addition to superior acoustics, they provide unmatched aesthetics & good indoor climate performance.
Gyproc Ecophon ceiling and wall panels are free-hanging units, offering high-level design possibilities. In addition, it offers superior acoustic qualities, straight, painted edges, and design possibilities with colours and suspension systems. The vertically installed Ecophon baffle ceiling adds a different perspective and distinct lines along with superior acoustics.
Eleganz Interiors Private Limited used these solutions to provide a good blend of aesthetics and acoustic performance at WPP Campus – Bay 99.
Dry Wall finishes – For aesthetics and smooth surface finish
Drywall in the form of wall and surface solutions is designed to withstand the everyday impacts and increase the durability of walls. In addition, innovative Drywall systems by brands like Gyproc yield outstanding quality in the smoothness of surfaces.
With the aesthetic appeal of Drywalls, the end result is a seamless and crack-free surface allowing ease of decoration. Therefore, finishes such as paint, wallpaper, wood panels & laminates on walls, and wall lining are possible with the Drywalls.
Creativity in walls – For accommodating items
Drywalls provide you the freedom to create as well as divide spaces according to your demands and requirements without the need for beams. Furthermore, drywalls allow for the creation of curved walls, shaft walls, secure walls, and beam and column encasements.
Eleganz Interiors Private Limited showcased creativity in walls in each office without taking away its individual theme.
Effective utilization of wall – For loading requirements
Drywall systems offer limitless possibilities including various types of loading such as TV, headboard, heavy fixtures, awards, etc. Solutions such as Gyproc Habito Wall cater to unplanned loading and also eliminate the usage of ply support. These walls provide up to 30 kg point load, thereby imparting the flexibility to mount any items on the wall without the need for prior planning.
Attractive Phone booths – For supreme acoustic privacy
Designed for use in walls and partition systems with a requirement of greater levels of sound insulation, Boards such as Gyproc Sound Bloc provide a high level of acoustics.
Eleganz Interiors Private Limited utilized this innovative solution for unmatched performance and aesthetics in their phone booths thereby showcasing utmost creativity and providing enhanced privacy.
Eleganz Interiors – Redefining spaces & putting quality first
Having a deﬁned, standardized process to achieve uniformity as well as consistency in operations across all zones, Eleganz Interiors Pvt. Ltd. delivers every project on time on time, without any compromise on safety and quality. This makes them one of the leading turnkey interior contractors in Mumbai.
“At Eleganz, we always put quality ﬁrst”, says Mr. Sammeer Pakvasa. “We strive to achieve high-quality standards through constant training & development, proper work methods, and the latest technology”, he further adds.
Appreciating their creative as well as personalized approach, Mr. Venkat Subramanian, Managing Director, Saint-Gobain India Private Limited, Gyproc Business says, “Every new construction project requires a diverse set of services, resources, and expertise. Finding the right solutions is crucial to its success. Eleganz Interiors Private Limited is a key player in the introduction and development of novel construction technologies in India. This is owing to their extensive knowledge of technologies such as Drywalls. Moreover, their highly competent and seasoned workforce assists them in completing tasks with unrivaled finesse and satisfaction, making them one of the preferred drywall and turnkey contractors in the country, especially Mumbai.”
Eleganz Interiors aims to consistently deliver greater value than expected. As a result, they adhere to strict deadlines and complete projects on time. Furthermore, the unwavering commitment to maintaining high-quality standards and their innovative approach to blending design and performance make them the first choice of clients.