Marine Drive office / Gaurav Kharkar & Associates

Updated: Jul 18, 2020

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Client : MarineDrive office

Sqft : 2000 sqft

Cost : Rs 5500/-per sqft

Location : Mumbai

Architect / Designer : Gaurav Kharkar and Associates

Gaurav & Vidhita Kharkar

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This contemporary, clear lined and minimalistic office space project is located in Marine Drive, Mumbai, and its magazine like features are designed to host the Marine Drive Office which is one of the prominent importers & exporters of a wide range of steel products.

We were briefed by the clients to create a mixture of open space work areas, personal cabins, conference room, reception and waiting area with hidden pantry for a functional and dynamic work environment.

Creating a new ambiance for a business is as important as designing the brand itself. And of course, the lobby or the reception area, the first element to greet visitors is the face of the business.

Image Courtesy : Photographix, Phxindia
Image Courtesy : Photographix, Phxindia

The Reception area was kept modern with blend of veneer, white marble, graphics and use of red bricks cladding done in a different way to spice up the area. Behind the grafitti is the Conference Room the goal for this area was to create artistic and modern space where the creativity of the executive and staff working there can be freely unleashed.

So, the small artful details such as stark blue colour fiber column was created to cover an existing column also the very interesting artwork composed on the canvas of white wall stand out entertainingly but without interfering with the working process.

Facing to the terrace are three cabins of the MD and CEO’s which has its artistic, minimalistic and contemporary individuality and all together create a unique and pleasant working space.

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Image Courtesy : Photographix, Phxindia

Moving forward to the open staff area which is dominated by sunshine yellow colour partitions of the fully white workstations which ensures close connection among the staff and makes the space more inspirational.

We adopted delicate and neutral gray as a basic hue, while shaking off complicated designs and excessive decorations, thereby created a simplistic yet dynamic space as well as a free working atmosphere.

One of the most prominent points of the project is undoubtedly hidden in the details such as the slightly urban and industrial appearance coming from preserving the industrial space by retraining the exposed concrete ceiling.

Another signature touch of the our style in the open staff area is an artistic and well-balanced random graphic wall incorporating few planter boxes on it.

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MD’s Cabin :

This cabin is for the Managing Director of the Company, so we have kept the cabin minimal as per the client’s liking.

The executive table in this cabin is exclusively designed to serve as meeting table as well and to meet all expectations of the user.

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This cabin has a backdrop in busy veneer panelling incorporating random niches with storage below.

The executive table has intriguing detail which is a twist to this minimal space. Thus the material palette gives the cabin a different identity.

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This Cabin belong to the youngest member of the family so the design for this cabin has been kept modern but also introduces some elements from the other cabins to let it blend in an harmonious way by using similar material palette with different forms and pattern in all the cabins.

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About the firm :

GauravKharkar, The Principal Architect of GAURAV KHARKAR & associates is a 2004 graduate from BhartiVidyapeethCollege of Architecture, affiliated to University of Mumbai. Mrs. VidhitaParekh Kharkar, Principal Designer & wife of Gauravhas passed Interior Designing from RachnaSansad'sAcademy of Interior Designing, Mumbai in the year 2005.

GAURAV KHARKAR & associates was established in the year 2008. Immediately after inception, the clients began to take cognizance of this firm. Within a span of 4 years the size and number of projects has increased to a large scale.

The firm that is now known as one of the creative versatile architects, handles a wide spectrum of Architectural and Interior projects which includes Residential, Commercial, Retail Spaces, I.T. Parks, etc. at important centres like Mumbai, NaviMumbai, Thane, Nagpur, Pune, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, New Delhi and Dubai.

The firm is passionate about their Contemporary Aesthetics, Functionality and Sensuality of using Quality Materials.