A Skilful Design Intervention

A Skilful Design Intervention

Amit Aurora Rahul Bansal
Amit Aurora & Rahul Bansal

Adhering to the client’s framework for designing the interiors of , Kolkata, the designers of spruced up the space with ingenious material palette and space articulation, accentuated by sui-generis furniture (product) designs

The project brief was to create a dynamic and dramatic office space for a new division of a company with varied interests and businesses. Since the client had rented this space for a short term lease, the solution had to be a minimum investment on “fixed interiors” with maximum focus on elements that could be moved to another location and reused in future.

Therefore, the site has been conceived with a very basic and minimalistic treatment of the walls, ceiling and services. The site is endowed with two long windows along the two opposite faces of the premise. Hence, the layout is evolved along these walls, with all the activities such as the reception, cafeteria, all the work stations and the full time Director’s office being placed along these windows. The meeting rooms, conference room and the marketing director’s office, all of which required extensive visual presentations and needed to be shielded from daylight, have been thoughtfully placed in the interiors of the premises. The strategic placement of the cafeteria just beside the reception – provides for a casual interaction with customers/clients and also encourages the intra-office communication. This cafeteria leads onto the restrooms and the conference, thus creating the required connectivity and transition in an otherwise open office layout.

The fixed partitions are panelled with recycled deal wood and gypsum which have been painted in a striking dark grey colour (all paints were low VOC). This is complimented by the accent furniture like the reception counter, the director’s table, conference room table and meeting rooms – that are made out of teak-wood, and have been reclaimed from the beams & rafters of old demolished buildings. The elegant work stations and filing cabinetry are all built in eco-friendly particle board and laminate to compliment the rest of the furniture.

The resultant office is a very dynamic space that functions with minimum use of artificial light during day-time. The optimised use of task lights as well as the strategically placed decorative lights, use energy efficient LED lamps which reduces the heat emission and thereby the energy consumption on an overall basis.

Text courtesy: the architects & Photographs courtesy: Primarc 

Fact File
project name: Primarc Office
location: Elgin Road, Kolkata
client: Sidharth Pansari, Primarc
principal architect: Amit Aurora
design team: Maninder Kaur
commencement date: May 2014
completion date: December 2014
site area: 3,760 sq. ft
HVAC consultants: MEHO-HCP Air Systems P Ltd
electrical engineer: Mayank Gupta, ECMS
civil contractor: Anurag Agarwal, Taurus
lighting/ACP/glass/concrete: Plus Lights & Dorothee, The light studio
sanitaryware/fittings: Kohler


About the Architects
DCA Architects is an award-winning design consultation firm based out of New Delhi, India. Founded in 1996, the firm has accomplished design projects across diverse scales over the last two decades and is headed by two partners, Amit Aurora and Rahul Bansal.
With a unique ethos – Dream, Design, Discover, Deliver – DCA Group provides services in Architecture, Interior design and Design Coordination across a wide range of building types including Offices, Residential, Retail/luxury retail, Hospitality and Brand Identities.
Today, the firm has to its credit, remarkable award-winning projects such as restaurants, salons, residences, retail outlets and other commercial work that has been implemented pan-India, both in the realm of architecture and interior design. The design studio and its projects have won many national awards, and have been published in various design journals.