Alok Shetty started his practice – Bhumiputra Architecture at the age of 19 while still in architecture school. For the headquarter of a technology startup firm Lookup in Koramangala, Bangalore, he strived to combine the artistic endeavor, environmental responsibility, functional pragmatics and financial considerations.
The design for Lookup’s new offices was based on the core principle – the requirement of flexible, open workspaces for a young and dynamic team. The vision was to design a space that was minimal yet confident and most importantly, efficient.
The company deals in hyperlocal messaging app, that allows businesses to connect with local consumers. Keeping that in mind, the workstations in the 5,000sqft space range from standing desks which can promote a more active workplace to tables that one can use sitting-down for writing. In addition, the cozy cubby hole wall seats work as focus-oriented stations as well as encourage a more active dynamic work-style.
The pantry has a bar height kitchen table with tall chairs to grab a bite or to eat during lunch and tea-time breaks. A cluster of bright red, old-school telephone-booths are used as ideal spots for Skype calls by employees. At the very centre, a semicircular amphitheater (fondly nicknamed “The Pitch”) transforms from brainstorming arena by day to a recreational hub by night complete with a Play Station.
Indigenous plant species served to differentiate spaces, while also improving air quality and incorporating Lookup’s trademark green. The construction process itself was self-sufficient with materials being sourced from local vendors registered with Lookup.
The client Deepak Ravindran, co-founder, Lookup envisioned a spacious office environment that could bring about a dynamism in creative work processes. In response, the office design offers a bright & sunny workspace.