SOUTHEAST ASIA BUILDING02 Dec 2020
ANA Designs creates open-plan office space for Fino Payments in a challenging timeline
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Mumbai, India – A contemporary and layered corporate space for a Banking firm, the Fino Payments Headquarters was designed by ANA Designs in 2019. This state-of-the-art office space covering 60,000 square feet, was conceptualised and executed in a challenging timeline of 3-months lasting over July to October 2019.

Headquartered in Juinagar - Navi Mumbai, the Fino Payments office was envisioned with the impetus of representing the establishment’s prominence and growing digital presence in the corporate financial service realm. The task at hand was to create an office space that was emblematic of the client’s diverse profile as leaders, innovators and implementers of technological solutions for banks and insurance companies.

The client’s requirements emphasised needing an open-plan spatial layout within the shell of the structure. The design scheme was conjured based on the recognition of 3 vital zones: The well-lit and brighter nooks of the office were assigned workstation clusters to encourage productivity and well-being of the employees. The secondary areas were allocated to host essential services pertaining to the office and the tertiary spaces were rejuvenated to anchor collaborative zones and private meeting rooms to bolster teamwork. The design narrative and zoning had to ensure that the end-users across hierarchies felt motivated and inspired to work within the premises.

With an open floor plan steering the design layout, it was essential to simultaneously ensure a maximised number of seats for the employees on board. To address this concern, the designers took to a ‘cluster’ approach while designating workstation locations versus the conventional linear layouts. Each zone in the office was mindfully appointed its position with regards to layout placement, so as not to disrupt workflow and circulation.

Wellness, especially in the realm of user-experience and mental comfort played a crucial role in the workspace’s design ethos. To establish this, the team at ANA Designs resorted to the inclusion of the 7-Chakras philosophy via the usage of its related hues and to also reiterate the client firm’s 7 foundational values: Trust, Reliability, Creativity, Communication, Wisdom, Frugality and Empathy. The 7-Chakras are represented via 7 hues that are a part of the spectrum and their hues resonate with specific frequencies, thus enabling a sense of well-being in an end-user.

The materiality and functional systems across the workspace take a ‘glocal and futuristic’ approach. The high-end technologies and evolving spaces are balanced in a wholesome manner against Indian-origin fabrics, the works of local artists and vivid colours and patterns across the floors and columns. The usage of colour in the interior scheme is generous, yet restrained and layered in its identity. The larger components like workstations and fixed furniture are kept neutral and desirable doses of hues are introduced in the form of bold wallpapers, loose furniture and custom murals.

The resultant office space is responsive towards the aspects of physical and mental wellness that have been a consequence of conscious designing, while also being a testament to ANA Designs’s penchant for intrinsically breathing life into spaces.