Zomato (previously UrbanSpoon) are a rapidly expanding online restaurant review service, servicing 22 countries around the globe. As a business success story, they were fast outgrowing their existing office space and engaged Inbetween Architecture, in association with Aldona Pajdak Interior Design, to design a fresh, fun and adaptable work space.
In response to a particularly tight timeframe a collaborative design process was employed to quickly workshop and lock-down the brief with all stakeholders able to gain buy-in at this critical stage. The largely transient staff population required a unique approach to the way space was offered and utilised and it was this focus on zoning and understanding of specific work styles that guided the design.
The large floor plate is now zoned to offer spaces to hold a meeting (large or small), spaces that are ideal for quick collaboration, display and reflection, areas to drop-in briefly or to set up work for the day. With few fixed position staff members, the focus was on providing flexibility without compromising functionality.
The centre-piece of the design is the elevated plywood platform which wraps around the central light-well – an innovative opportunity for a casual workspace in everyday mode and a focal point for addressing large groups in briefing or function mode. Multi-functional elements and high impact / low cost interventions were a priority. The result is a contemporary, comprehensive fit-out design, with future expansion built it, allowing the design to grown along side the business.
Floor Area 1144m2
Completed September 2015