The Water Aid office was conceived as a response to a geographical setting where it is located – the DLTA complex near the Hauz Khas Reservoir.
The reservoir was built as a Water aid to the Siri settlement for drinking and sanitation purposes. Part of the leisure garden, the reservoir had a pavilion on top of a mound within it, meant for experiencing the natural beauty around. The plantation was kept at the water body edge for long distant views and defining enclosure.
The office space, similarly, is comprised of pavilions as stand-alone structures (for the directors) with curved spaces around them signifying fluidity. The ceiling represents the tree canopies with thick foliage and spaces are built around the elements and layers found in nature i.e. water, tree canopies, vegetables and layers of rock. Material palettes too, were kept soothing and light, with a lot of glass, and punches of colour in interaction spaces.
Within this space, our goal was to create an interactive and accessible atmosphere which promotes a quality work ethic. We did this by creating an environment of transparency through an open office plan. Distributing the pavilions around the office, we de-centralized the heads within the office space for increased access and team work. Transitional spaces between the inside and the outside such as reception, library and the lunch area doubled up as key interaction spaces.
And finally, we designed the environmental graphics for the office as well, to talk about the work WaterAid is doing in sanitation in India and worldwide. Real taps were placed strategically within the graphics to deliver facts and connect pipelines of information.
VIKAS KANOJIA, AMRITA DASGUPTA
KAVYA JOSE, VIJAY RAI, PRASHANSA SACHDEVA
WBG CONSULTANTS (ELECTRICAL), RNC (CONSTRUCTION), UNIDOS (GRAPHICS INSTALLATION)