- Architectural Firm: Design Studio
- Principal Architect: Arosha Gamage
- Design Team: Manjula Kulatunga and Udara Kulatunga
- Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Area: 125 m2
- Project Year: 2017
- Client: Access Realities (Private) Ltd
- Photographer: Dushan Muthunayake
- Author: Arosha Gamage
Text description provided by the architect.
The design concept was evolved to portray the cooperate image of the client: Access group of companies. Access strives to be a responsible corporate citizen by committing to business practices, operations, and projects that promote sustainability to minimize the company’s environmental footprint, reduce costs and to enrich the work experience to employees. Design and planning this interior continued to reflect their cooperate image of sustainability by designing with environmentally friendly materials, utilizing waste reducing strategies, low maintenance and composing spaces with maximum effectiveness. The colour theme was inspired by company’s corporate colours; maroon and white.
The group’s corporate thinking stream was reflected indirectly to generate the theme when designing the interior, i.e., to be ‘sustainable, elegant and smart’. The focal feature of this interior was the entrance lobby and vintage filament down lights directed to the plant trough. The interior enhanced a warm, inviting and a cozy atmosphere, balancing the colours, patterns and textures in furniture, ceiling, floor, partitioning, plants and furnishings remarkably well to express brightness and spaciousness to this close-fitted space.
The conference meeting room separated by a continuous tempered glass partitioning, added openness to the entire area. Overall, the design idea intended visually to expand the limited space by designing with contrasting textures; a glossy /reflective metal finish ceiling; satin wood water-based paint pine wood partitions; off white brush strokes and whitewash finish wall panels.
The tables were especially designed with tempered glass tabletops with metal framework to add a sense of transparency, lightness and modernity to the space. Chairs were selected with maroon upholstered leather fabric and window blinds with gray roller blinds to cut off glare. Played with Intensity of lighting tones of both daylight and warm lights with vintage filaments harmonizing with general and task lighting to add variety of warm and cool ambiance to the space.
Indoor plants added a touch of green colour to the vibrantly warm interior to break the monotony. These species were carefully selected to help absorb the harmful carbon emissions, dust and humidity in order to create a healthy indoor environment.