When designing a large corporate head office, the task of seamlessly integrating different spaces to create one unified whole can be challenging. Especially for an entity as prodigious as Jones Lang LaSalle Property Consultants India — one of India’s largest professional services firm specialising in real estate. Trendy yet professional, the firm’s new office, is housed in one of Mumbai’s most prime commercial properties, One BKC, fusing creativity and function.
The design is a testimony to the company’s ability to adapt to evolving workspace trends and translate its inherent ambitions. Throughout the 23,355sq-ft, the space communicates the company’s corporate identity and reflects its creative and collaborative essence. Designed by PDM International China Limited, it has been specifically conceptualised to provide a superlative workplace experience to boost productivity as well as the well-being of employees.
During its construction, the project followed stringent timelines, as it needed to be completed before the lease expiration of JLL’s previous office. Another challenge was the GST implementation, which took place during the project tenure and affected material delivery immensely; especially factory-manufactured domestic material. The team managed to effectivity manage deliverables and also expedited the execution by largely designing and producing offsite, leaving very little to be done on-site. Most of the finishing items such as panelling, ceiling, partitions, break-out furniture, etc, were factory-built, which helped complete the overall fit-out in a record time of 45 days.
For the overall fabric of the office, the team considered a less traditional, warmer colour palette for all material finishes. Existing ceiling finishes were exposed, wherever possible, to open up the office space.
Among the long list of best practices used to achieve an open, flexible and sustainable workplace, JLL installed energy-efficient, mercury free LEDs, daylight harvesting devices for lighting, PHI (Photo Hydro Ionisation) Cell for improving indoor air quality, etc. They also installed tech-enabled controls (to maximise day lighting), mobile Bluetooth/NFC-enabled access control system, Skype-enabled support with cloud-based video conferencing, water-efficient fixtures, waste segregation system and application-based FM helpdesk services.
A strong advocate of technology, the new office space is a live model of ‘Future of Work’ — a concept that JLL believes will be the base for future modern workplaces. Given that technology is a key business driver, JLL has created a mobile application that can be utilised to reserve meeting rooms and conference room, most fitted with monitors for quick informal meetings.
Sustainability, energy efficiency as well as enhanced air quality are also achieved by adopting highly advanced technology. JLL has applied for LEED, which include facilities that support a standard and healthy lifestyle. Low VOC paints and adhesives have been used, while the carpet and furniture are eco-friendly and ergonomically designed.
To ensure well-being and productivity of employees, the office has a 24-hour gymnasium in the premises as well as a walking track that surrounds the open office space. Large green spaces in the office are also strategically located. Employees are encouraged to walk, exercise, take a break and/or collaborate even during office hours.
Demands have changed in corporate interiors, driven not just by the increased cost of real estate but also by millennials themselves. This new cohort demands a space that is not a typical corporate office but a place where they can steadily grow. Employees seek a fun space, a home-away-from-home where they can collaborate, create and boost productivity. Like all emerging economies, the demand for talent is intense in India. The new JLL Mumbai office addresses these demands to perfection.
Project: Jones Lang LaSalle Property Consultants India’s head office, Mumbai
Location: One BKC
Client: Jones Lang LaSalle Property Consultants India
Architect: PDM International China Limited (a JLL Company)
Design team: Price Robert (PDM), Tatiana Gomez (PDM), Harshada Pimpalkhare (JLL), Vipul Gupta (JLL), Azizbeg Mirza (JLL), Sapna, Preetal & Aniket (M/s ANJ)
Project area: 23,355sq-ft built-up
Civil and interior contractor: M/s ANJ Turnkey Projects