Interior design for workspaces in India has often lagged behind the curve when compared with global best practices. Whether it be the adoption of smart technologies, or the transition to communal work places, rarely has the Indian office transitioned beyond the conventional standard. However, the Corporate Headquarters – Hike Messenger – for Hike Ltd in Aero city, New Delhi seems to be reversing the trend.
Conceptualized as a Temple of Excellence by the Founder and CEO, Kavin Bharti Mittal, who set the vision and personally led a small cross-functional team of Hike employees — designers, engineers and key workplace personnel, the 60,000sqft office space sets the bar for what new age offices should look like. It is also envisaged in the same youthful spirit of the mobile social company that drives the very nature of what it sets out to do. Hike is a novel messaging app that simplifies connectivity between people and aims to change manners of mobile interaction. Hike’s new workplace builds the foundations of a thriving, young and creative firm that is driven by innovation and technology; one that todays highly tech-savvy, social, collaborative, adventurous, flexible and values-driven generation – would really love to work with.
Located just between Delhi and Gurgaon, in close proximity to the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in NCR territory, Hike Messenger’s corporate office redefines the conventional notions of spatial design of high-tech company offices. Sited in the World mark 1 towers, a Bharti Realty green initiative within the NCR region, the office is located on the fourth floor with views of the airport landscape and the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway that are well-integrated into the spatial planning.
With a conscious attempt to minimize the branding colours, in order to retain the ‘culture and brand as ever evolving’, an ingenuous attempt has been made to craft a doughnut-shaped, global workspace that reveals and validates the Hike Code by enabling interaction. Emphasizing its people as the core of the office, a mural with coloured hand imprints of employees welcomes the visitors into a coffee shop themed reception, that is warm and inviting, offering a glimpse into the world of Hike. Exposed brick, motivational posters, latest tech-enabled visitor registration, murals — all spell fun.
Given the fact that glass makes up the exterior shell of the building, most spaces receive a fair amount of natural light, while also crafting a sense of openness and transparency throughout the office. With a range of themed rooms & green workspaces that have stupendous views, reminiscent of open gardens and thinking pods that are multi-purpose in nature, the office creates an environment of flexibility, productivity and creativity by identifying six kinds of spaces: service areas, open workspaces, green gardens, spaces of solitude, collaborative spaces and recreational spaces.