This is a project by Dipen Gada & Associates and it is located at Vadodara, Gujarat, India. There are twelve images for Dipen Gada & Associates (DGA) Office.
In the reception area rough black slate has been used in the flooring. An IPS wall has been used as a back drop for a 12 ft. panel of black and white photographs of the office staff and associates- past and present. Adjacent to this, a full height mirror is framed with polished sleeper wood pattas that have shlokas painted on.
A narrow opening has been created which extends up to the slab and continues horizontally in the form of a slab cut out. The glass base of this cut out forms a water body. This water body when filled with water creates changing patterns of light in the space as it is reflected of the water. When this water body is filled with flowers it gives a warm pink glow to the space. A bronze sculpture has been placed at the base of this opening.
The exposed slab has been cast with sheets of jute fabric so that a kind of chequered texture could be achieved.
The main feature of the work space is the exposed concrete slab. The firms profile has been cast into it. This scripting runs through the entire length of the office studio.
An exposed plaster wall with vertical lined texture also runs through the office. Both the slab and this wall ensure that there is a connectivity and continuity between the designer’s space and the conference room.
The 3 walls in this space have three different textures that compliment one another.
The flooring here is river polish kota that has the same texture as rough kota, but has a smoother feel to it.
A custom made lamp with a frame of ‘I’ sections hangs over the discussion table.
The conference table with a black granite top has the designer’s thumb print etched into it.
The floor is of mirror polished kota. The challenge was to ensure that there was an even distribution of artificial light in spite of there being no false ceiling. A frame of ‘I’ sections weighing more than 260 kgs has been suspended from the slab. This is paneled with cement sheet from below. This central panel houses the cassette ac units as well as the lighting fixtures.
The furniture in the work area consists of ply with colour finish. In an effort to be true to the materials the edges of ply were kept exposed.
A special discussion table made from ply and having a black granite top is at the entry to the designer’s zone. A clock having face of white glass and stainless steel hands has been specially designed by the firm for this area.
Flooring: Kota, Black slate Ceiling: Exposed concrete slab, cement sheet Walls: IPS, textured plaster, plastic paint, sleeper wood Furniture: Ply with colour finish Work tops: Black granite
Why a terrace garden?
River polish green kota & multi coloured river polish kota.
Water body & exposed concrete wall
A water body separates two gazebos. An exposed concrete wall emerges from this water body. This free standing wall has Rabindranath Tagore’s profile cast into it. Kota steps are designed so as to appear like they float over the water.
A swing which faces the water body is suspended from a pergola structure. The pergolas that are created by railway sleeper wood members are placed within a M.S ‘I’ section frame.
Here a M.S fame structure having fabric stretched over it covers the sitting area.