|Name:||Raiyan Samiul Haque & Ahmed bin Parvez|
|Location:||Gulshan Circle-2, Dhaka|
|Client:||Kabir Steel Rolling Mills Ltd.|
From the Architects:
An industry- a symbolic union of collective efforts for growth, steel-an entity taken to mass usage as skeleton for urban shelter of various forms. A corporation that brings into being the spirit of a steel industry for more than two decades. This was the brief given when a floor space stretching 635 square meters on the 5th floor of Landview Tower at Gulshan-2 was provided to be transformed into the breathing hub of the KSRM’s Brand and Marketing department.
The formative basis of functional arrangement had to be infused with the progressive nature of a reputed company that had loyally served its clients. Within the constraints of a peculiar outline that formed the perimeter of the designed area, it was a task of arranging a suitable spatial layout which would speak to each other, and be each other’s guide as if the dead spaces could talk even when no one was listening.
Constraints are what make exploration interesting, and when the mindset of the client suggests the possibility of breaking boundaries in terms of re-defining corporate office culture, the exploration floats into the Peruvian skies of innovation and self-education.
The plan for the project was simple: it’s sole objective of bringing out the true nature of simplicity demolishing the manners of ‘cubicle identity’ branching out to the tiniest of details that magnifies and humanizes modes of interaction between life and space.
Starting from scratch in sub-distributing zones of activities keeping in mind the sensitivity in blurring barriers, a careful set of walls, some solid and many transparent were outlined and erected. The ceiling was kept bare for the main working hub: a subtle reminder of the pragmatism in thought and a visual essence of decay that is the only constant in the lifetime of material world. A massive triangular table was the main piece of furniture designed at the work-station zone, with the purpose of unifying the busy marketing and brand executives within an open and visually interactive work-space yet ensuring comfort of privacy. The work-zone was surrounded on three sides by a cluster of individual desks for hierarchical significance and also in accordance to diversified functions.
The trinity of walls, painted blood-red, the brand color of KSRM served the purpose of holding the switches to light up the main work area. For each of the individual desks were ‘power poles’ wrapped in stainless steel and red supplying the necessary power requirements of the users at their desks.
The office for KSRM needed storage space, and that too in huge amounts. This gave an opportunity to turn a massive storage space of lockers into a wall of complex-looking composition of vertical and horizontal lines demarked by numbers and acting as a feature wall to separate the work zone and the server room.
The two spot-meeting cubicles that almost fronted the entrance were given a solid backdrop, their floors being floated to create visual separation from the corridor that stretches the entrance lobby to the work-station.
A simple idea of unification was ideal in the visual imprints created within the spaces of the office. The power of triangulation-the basic yet most intriguing form of mathematical aesthetics was chosen as the feature symbol in furniture design, in the massive graphic work on the stretch of the bay of glassed windows, even in the vision panels of wooden doors where required-not just for the sake of design but to remind the users about the importance of triangulating and branching out towards the vast horizon of ‘near perfection’ that one seeks from within but is too distracted to apply.
About STUDIO EXTENSION:
Incepted in 2010 and formally established in 2011, studio extension is a creative design platform that comprises of core members and comrades, each exploring various fields of celebrating creativity mostly from architecture & graphic backgrounds.The core values of the studio is based on the means of true and honest exchange of knowledge in different moulds, and through that, achieve a sacred feat of responsive feedback and altering scopes.
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