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The Lunchbox
re-thinking office spaces in INDIA

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A MODERN HISTORY
Background

In the early 1990s, the Indian economy saw a major boom in the business sector, as a multitude
of brands and multi-national companies percolated into the country. Post liberalization, with the
tenets of market fundamentalism, and worship of technology, corporate hubs grew and evolved.
This new world became an integral part of the Indian city life, and a new architectural typology
was born. The corporate office building, a oor by oor space stacked up on top of the other,
con ning workers with the new model of workstations inspired from the ideals of Taylorism,
became a standard touchstone for large scale corporate spaces. These buildings brought with
them not just a new style of architecture, but a certain kind of a work culture, and lifestyle. In a
post independent country, they generated an era of hope, for the Indian common man, where
college education followed by a steady job equalled a successful future. Beginning in the last
decade of twentieth century, this new model of work life weaved itself in the country’s existing
urban fabric effortlessly.

But predominantly, this model of the corporate office was borrowed from major western in u-
ences, where in India, neither the architecture was suitable, nor was the work culture familiar.
Today, after several indigenous companies built theirconglomerates in the country, and after
years of evolution in the technologies of corporate industry, around 90% of offices still follow
the architecture of the conventional and borrowed office model used previously. Apart from
functionality, it serves very little to its user and contributes even lesser to its context.

Moreover, with the major shifts in the digital space, with the advent of apps, socialmedia, and
the continually changing access of the virtual world, smaller businesses have gained an
unprecedented momentum. The millennial era has seen a generation of young adults setting
up enterprises; hoping, aspiring, and endlessly planning to ‘own’ than to work for another
company. The concept of work is not merely earning a living; it is a quest for chasing passion,
and seeking one’s identity.

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THE CHALLENGE
The main motive of this brief is to design for this generation of entrepreneurs and their
aspirations. The competition aims to design a small scale collaborative start-up business office
for young entrepreneurs in the IT sector.

REINVENT THE ‘OFFICE’ SPACE The brief envisions an outcome where the idea of the conven-
tional office is completely stripped of its formal essentials, and reinvented to be a dynamic,
versatile and lively space fostering innovation and creativity in users. While serving its purpose
of being a work environment, the design needs to be evocative enough to radicalize how office
buildings are looked at; and serve as a model that critically questions the present day
functioning of the corporate ‘workspace.’

RESUSCITATE THE NOTION OF ‘WORK’ In a place where one spends maximum time of his/
her week, work isn’t just a job; but is a lifestyle. The brief asks participants to interpret this space
which is a union between work and personal life. The brief envisions a model for IT office spaces
that breaks the conventional system of corporate blocks, asking participants to create a space
that enhances productivity, attens work hierarchies, and evokes an atmosphere inducing
creative thought and collaborations among people.

REVIVE THE CONTEXT The office design should be a people-oriented design responding to
behaviours and current mores, moulding itself to the social habits of users in this part of the
world. The architecture should bring in the richness of its cultural context creating a dialogue
with the ethos of its surroundings, while respecting the needs of being a work place. Rather
than it being a mere architectural expression, the building should have a holistic approach
towards responding to the site it is in.

Also, unlike the conventional office block, which spends a huge annual expenditure on
temperature control and structural maintenance, the design should be responsive and adaptive
to the local climate and structural systems.

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THE LOCATION
Bangalore, with a population of over ten million is a multi-ethnic, diversely populated urban
agglomeration in the heart of South India. Popularly called the Silicon Valley of India,
Bangalore is a top thriving centre of the country’s high-tech IT industry. The White eld area in
Bangalore is one of the key IT hubs in the city, illustrative of the city’s rapid growth in the tech
industry. But White eld, in the colonial times was a small Anglo Indian village settlement with
quaint colonial bungalows, and beautiful orchards; originally thought of as a quiet getaway
from the city life. Post 1998, as the inner circle of the village became a host to the International
Tech Park, a string of multinational companies came up, making it one of the most prominent
IT hubs of the country. The neighbourhood has seen a dynamic transformation in its landscape
in the last two decades. The area today is known for its dense IT hub, corporate companies,
branded shopping malls, and upscale hotels, juxtaposed over the history and heritage of a
small community settlement left by the British rule in India.

White eld is the con uence of the colonial past and a developed, post liberal nation, looking
towards a tech future. Today, the urban fabric of White eld is representative of its layered and
rich history, making us critically question where its future is headed.

THE SITE
The site is located at the edge of Lake in White eld,
surrounded by a mixed typology of buildings including
office areas and residential zones.
SITE
In a place where an emergence of rapid development is
seen, and a place that is the connecting link between
past and the present, the design should be versatile
enough to be accommodated in this area, and have a
chance to converse with its surroundings.

In a locality that is already so thriving, architecture of the


structure should be such that it makes a cultural
statement rather than a physical one.

SITE SPECIFICATIONS
Total site area – 2000 sq m
Total built up area - 3100 sq m
Total ground coverage – 55% of site area (Max)
Height restriction – 15 m above ground
6 m below ground

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AREA PROGRAM
The design is to be a co-working space where various business start-ups would use the office
spaces in the building, sharing common facilities and recreation areas. With the concept of
clustering work areas, the brief gives a dais for businesses of varying sizes, ranging from a
single person, to a ten person set up. The brief envisions a space where people in the
IT profession, with different business enterprises have an opportunity to come together and
share experiences of seminars, events, presentations, that generate ideas, making it an
intellectual space that harbours innovation and creation.

OFFICE AREAS
Segregated in three types, the offices cater to the needs of businesses start-ups of different
sizes. The rst office type is a space for ten people, the second is a space for three people, and
the third is a work cluster, where start-ups run by single persons are accommodated.

Participants are encouraged to create work zones that are uid, versatile and adaptive in use,
keeping the following area speci cations as a guideline.

6 Large Offices – (10 people each) 90 sq. m. per office


6 Small Offices – (3 people each) 25 sq. m. per office
2 Work Clusters – (15 person each) 140 sq. m. per work cluster
P.T.O

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OFFICE AREAS
INFORMATION AND RESOURCE CENTRE
The information centre is to provide spaces for –
Library – digital + conventional
Seminar rooms
Multipurpose spaces
Presentation areas
The area break down of these spaces is left to participants’ discretion as per their
design.

SOCIAL AND LEISURE


Social and leisure spaces are to be breathing spaces for workers that harbour a sense of calm,
and act as a respite in the work environment. These include cafés, gaming zones, landscape
areas, amphitheatres etc. The brief gives participants the freedom to choose what spaces they
include in their design as per their concept. Assuch, the area of the spaces is to be discerned
by the participants.

MISCELLANOUS SPACES
Administration spaces – 75 sq. m.
Service areas – Toilets / utility rooms (as per design requirement)

The spatial layout, space proportions and sizes are left to the appropriate judgement and creative
exibility of participants. Other than these basic requirements, participants are expected to brainstorm
innovative means of bringing out the office experience. They are also welcome to incorporate any
program or space that can be an experimental and novel addition to the above mentioned spaces.

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EVALUATION CRITERIA
Mission Statement

The competition aims to explore how the participants can make use of the context, time and
people

Use of intelligent and appropriate design interventions with clarity and comprehensibility
of planning.

The evaluation criteria mainly entail participants to think through the basic functionality and
navigation of spaces of the structure, thoughtful conceptualization behind design and
aesthetics and expressive and evocative presentation.

QUERIES & QUESTIONS


In case you still have questions related to the briefs and the competition, please send
them to competition@archdais.com with ‘FAQ’ subject until 25th Aug 19'.

We highly recommend our participants to check the FAQ section on the archdais
website as this will provide additional vital information from time to time.

All queries regarding registration process, fees, or payment should be sent on the same
email address with ‘ENQUIRY’ as the subject.

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SUBMISSION REQUIREMENT
Mission Statement

Proposal to be presented on ONE LANDSCAPE ORIENTED A1 SHEET.


TEAMCODE (UIC) to be mentioned on the TOP RIGHT-HAND CORNER of the sheet.
Proposal MUST NOT include ANY INFORMATION (Name, Organization,
School etc.) that may give away your identity.
All text must be in ENGLISH, with a MAXIMUM of 250 WORDS for project
explanation.
Proposal may be presented using any technique of your choice
(sketches, diagrams, 3D visualizations, model photos, CAD drawings, etc.).
All dimensions should be imperial or metric unit.

SUBMISSION FORMAT
JPEG of your project must be submitted TEAMCODE
via email to: submission@archdais.com

TEAMCODE must be the subject of the

A1
email.

MAXIMUM FILE SIZE : 8mb


841mm X 594mm
NAME OF THE FILE : Teamcode.jpeg
(eg. LNXXXXX.jpeg)

*Participants Teamcode will be provided by archdais once you have completed registration process through
PAYUMONEY or PAYPAL. Teamcode is your only UIC (Unique Identi cation Code).

IMPORTANT NOTE:
If, above instructions are not followed carefully, it will
lead to disquali cation.

Do not share submission more than one time.

Participants will receive con rmation mail


within 24-48 hrs of submission.
(Con rmation mails will be shared after
the last date of submission)

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SCHEDULE

START OF COMPETITION & EARLY REGISTRATIONS


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25 OCTOBER 2019
DEADLINE
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DEADLINE
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ANNOUNCEMENT
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OF WINNERS
25 DECEMBER 2019
*NOTE: All deadlines are 11:59pm - 00:00 IST (India)

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AWARDS & CASH PRIZE

INR 1,25,000
1 CERTIFICATE + PUBLICATION

INR 50,000
2 CERTIFICATE + PUBLICATION

INR 25,000
3 CERTIFICATE + PUBLICATION

+
15 HONOURABLE MENTIONS
CERTIFICATE + PUBLICATION
All the winning entries will be published on archdais website and other media platforms

PARTICIPATION
Eligibility Criteria

We invite everyone, irrespective of their professions or qualifications, to join the


competition and present their ideas. Participants are free to submit multiple
entries but each entry needs to be registered with a separate email ID.

Alongside individual entries, team entries are also allowed.


A team can have a maximum of three participants.
Interdisciplinary teams are also welcome to join.
There is no age limit, however, entrants under
18 years of age must be lead or entered by
someone over the age of 18.

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REGISTRATION
Fees for the competition

EARLY REGISTRATIONS
TH ST
15 JULY - 31 AUGUST, 2019

For Indian nationals - INR 1500 (per team)


For Foreign nationals - USD 45 (per team) Entrants may register by lling the
*Inclusive of all taxes registration form and submitting it
with the appropriate payment through
our secure gateway on our website
STANDARD REGISTRATIONS a r c h d a i s . c o m
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1 SEPT - 10 OCTOBER, 2019
The par ticipants will receive
For Indian nationals - INR 1800 (per team) their TEAMCODE within 24 hours of
For Foreign nationals - USD 60 (per team) completing their payment successfully.
*Inclusive of all taxes TEAMCODE will be sent primarily
to the email address provided to
LATE REGISTRATIONS PAYUMONEY/PAYPAL while transaction.
11TH OCTOBER - 25TH OCTOBER, 2019

For Indian nationals - INR 2400 (per team)


For Foreign nationals - USD 75 (per team)
DISCOUNT
*Inclusive of all taxes Group discounts apply for a minimum of
5 teams from one particular architecture
school/university as our initiative to pro-
mote more participation from students.

Get in touch with us on


competition@archdais.com to avail the offer.

Name & contact details of all the participa-


ting teams members and their respective
team leaders.

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REGULATIONS
It will not be possible to amend or update any information relating to your registration
including the names of team members once validated.
- Participant teams will be disquali ed if any of the competition rules or submission
requirements are not considered. Participation assumes acceptance of the regulations.
- Team code is the only means of identi cation of a team as it is an anonymous
competition.
- The official language of the competition is English.
- The registration fee is non-refundable.
- Contacting the Jury is prohibited.
- Archdais as the competition organizer, reserves the right to modify the competition
schedule if deemed necessary.

FAQ(Frequently Asked Questions)


Q. How does a team receive their Unique Identi cation code?
All the Participants will only receive the UIC after completing the registration process. The UIC will be
mailed on your registered email address.

Q. Where all do the participants need to use their teamcode (UIC)?


All the participants would be using their team code on the top right corner of their sheets, as the name
of their submission and wherever requested by the organizer. This code will be their only identi cation
for the process related with this competition.

Q. What does the participant do when they don’t get a unique identi cation code after the
payment is made?
In case of such a problem we request you to send us your payment receipt to
competition@archdais.com with the “Teamcode” as subject matter within two working days of
the transaction.

Q. What should the participants do in case the payments are not available in our country?
We request the participants to send us the queries on competition@archdais.com to get an alternate
payment method. We would send you all the possible payment methods..

Q. What is the nature of the competition and is it open for all?


The Lunchbox ,‘ rethinking office spaces in INDIA’ , Design Competition is an open ideas design
competition with no intentions to execute the proposals submitted in any form. The competition is
open to students, Teachers, Designers and professionals.

Q. Will participants receive certi cae for participating in the competition?


Yes, all the participants will receive a participation certi ate.

*Kindly visit our FAQ section on archdais.com for more queries or write us
at competition@archdais.com
Please see our Terms & Conditions on archdais.com

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