Sonali Bhagwati did her B.Arch from the Centre for Environmental
Planning and Technology (C.E.P.T), Ahmedabad in 1986 and
is the Executive Member, Conservation Society, Delhi.
She is involved in making audiovisual programs of historical
areas within an ever-expanding urban milieu and is on
the Committee of Experts, constituted by the Ministry
of Environment, Government of India, for appraisal of
development of projects in eco-sensitive areas.
In 1983, she trained with Architect Bernard Kohn, as recipient
of scholarship from Institute Francaise D'Architecture,
worked on projects such as cooperative Housing and Maison
She did her Research Thesis - An inquiry into Urban Metamorphosis
in 1984-85 and a study of the sociological and Urban evolution
of an inner city area. She was a consulting Editor for
Habitat Section of The Times of India news publication
in 1985-86 and a partner in ATELIER 2001, New Delhi, since
1985 She has been a partner in SPAZZIO, New Delhi, since
SmithKline Beecham Consumer Healthcare.
Location: DLF Plaza Tower, Gurgaon
Project Type: Interior - Corporate
Area of Project: 52,000 sq. ft.
Cost of Project: Rs.1,800.00 per sq.ft.
Year of Completion: 1999.
the total area is divided into four
equal floors, it was decided to place the reception
on one of the middle levels in order to facilitate vertical
Respecting the background of a conservative British Company,
the working areas are configured with straight
lines giving maximum space efficiency. This
is effectively juxtaposed with the fluidity
of a glass block wall on each floor. That not only becomes
a defining but also an identifying element for the company.
An open office concept is
followed providing cabins for only the M.D. and other
directors. All other senior management forms a part of
the open working system. Common reprographics and coffee
points on each floor make the departments relatively independent.
Usage of systems furniture
ensures not only consistency in quality but also facilitates
an extremely efficient cable management that is crucial
to the success of this modern enterprise.
Centrally placed discussion and meeting rooms provide
the required audio privacy,
while retaining the visual connection
by use of extensive glazing.
The ethos of the corporation
is manifest by using the SBCH colours wherever possible.
The issue of noise control
is effectively addressed by acoustic ceiling, carpet flooring
and fabric panels in addition to other measures that provide
the required sound attenuation against a quiet and subdued