Microsoft's Mumbai office was the one of the office in the series of WPA (Work Place Advantage) offices, developed by Microsoft in India. The company transitioned its workplace guidelines to innovative workspaces with a tilt-shift towards a more 'residential and hospitality inductive design' from the existent corporate office space. Microsoft Mumbai office derives its inspiration from the physiognomies of the oceans.
Peculiar to the oceans is its naturally discerning power of access to new lands and newer discoveries; progress being the backbone of all its activity. At the core of all Digital Business are innovation and a standing need for newer directions, strategies and ideas, which also become imperative to Microsoft as a business.
Paving its transition to a self-stimulating environment for innovation, problem solving, creativity and progress, DSP Design Associates have woven together themes of the oceans and of course the city of Mumbai that has evolved from these to catapult the force behind Microsoft Corporation at Mumbai. The workspace interiors envisage forms from the ocean through keen design elements, planned Recreation and Break-out zones, well dispersed Collab space, Conference and Board Rooms, Town Hall, Cafes, Open Workspaces and Internal Connecting Spaces.
This project was in two phases -- phase one being employee space & phase two being the customer space. Microsoft had a change in workplace design guidelines and Mumbai SMSG project asaw the implementation of new design guidelines. A shift from typical corporate office design to a residential and hospitality feel for the workspaces is a new approach for innovative workspaces.
ÖCEANS were always the foremost route to new lands and new discoveries. from mapping out landmasses to enabling trade they are the backbone of progress. In this new digital-thinking era, new routes and new ideas are more critical than ever.
every change in thinking comes from finding a new route or direction. solving a problem or enabling an action.
The design for this office weaves together themes of the oceans, of discovery, progress, creativity, enablement and of the city of Mumbai which grew from all of these. Moving on to the new direction of design which represents the finest forms of both above and below the water line, yet brings in the warmth of interiors gives a home like feel to this office.
From its walls & ceiling inspired by coral reefs to tailor-made ceramics inspired by oceanic flora, every feature evokes a sense of serene oceanic bliss. Carefully chosen materials and attention to details have helped every element to speak one language of Ocean's as the core concept and create a humanized, connected and intelligent working experience