Converging Disciplines, Exploding Possibilities: Hexagon Design for the 21st Century by Archinova

Converging Disciplines, Exploding Possibilities: Hexagon Design for the 21st Century by Archinova

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Hexagon Design for the 21st Century, Divyasree Trinity Campus, Hitech-City;  design Archinova Design Pvt. Ltd.

The Hexagon Capability Center India (HCCI), the innovation partner of Hexagon is a key technology incubation center located at Hyderabad. It is the only such center in India with 1,100 strong employee workforce. Until recently, HCCI was named Intergraph Consulting Pvt. Ltd., which was established more than 25 years ago.

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photographs: Archinova Design Pvt. Ltd.

Bringing Ideas to Work

A brief background of the company before “Archinova “took up its design for a facility of 200,000-sq.ft at Hyderabad.

Intergraph an Engineering and Geospatial Software Development Facility at Hyderabad was acquired on a part of Hexagon (Nordic Exchange: HEXA B) a leading global player operating in 60 countries providing design, measurement and visualization technologies that enable customer to design, measure and position objects and process and present data. 

The design brief commented of departments related to engineering design with specific requirements catering to total strength of 1150 technical staff working in the facility. The floor plates were of the ground floor, 9th, 10th & 11th floor of the TRINITY Building in Hyderabad. The modern office furniture design is directly influenced by the trend of seamless blending of work and relaxation for the workforce today. The trend is to have a fewer and smaller individual workspaces and greater portion of the spaces dedicated to interactive uses in an array of functions and sizes.

Transforming Ideas into realty –The work place specialist!

Workplace Strategies that Enhance Performance, Health and Wellness

Smart organizations understand that their primary goal is to enhance the performance of their people. In a knowledge work economy, people are the engine that keep companies growing, adapting, improving and innovating. Not surprisingly, thoughtful workplace design can be a powerful tool for supporting employee performance. And a collateral benefit is that what typically supports productivity also enhances employee health and wellness – it’s all interrelated.

How can the workplace support all of the different activities involved with knowledge work – things like collaboration, creativity, innovation, deep thinking and mentorship?

One way to better understand the nature of human performance is through a definition used by organizational psychologists, who believe it is enabled through a blend of ability, motivation and opportunity. Best practices in workplace design can help, increased emphasis on collaboration has also changed the way people work. Studies show how a well-designed office is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to retain workers and make them more productive.

TEN WORKPLACE DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS

Ten fundamental design elements can positively impact the workplace environment and support the work being done

  1. Thermal Comfort and Temperature
  2. Access to Nature, Views and Daylight
  3. Sensory Change and Variability
  4. Colour
  5. Noise Control
  6. Crowding
  7. Human Factors and Ergonomics
  8. Indoor Air Quality
  9. Choice
  10. Employee Engagement

Acoustics are vital.

Office acoustics contribute to performance and well-being in the workplace. To support complex knowledge work, many people seek out quiet places. The ability to have planned or spontaneous interactions without disturbing others is important for teamwork and relationship development.12

In environments with white noise, or sound masking, employees report improvements of up to 38 per cent for the performance of simple tasks and 27 per cent for complex tasks.13 Sound masking is not the only way to reduce unwanted noise. Office layout, flooring materials, walls, ceilings and behavioural protocols – all can make a difference.

N10 -A New Measure for speech absorption

N10 is a new measure that can be used to set adequate sound absorption requirements, primarily for floor screens and desk screens if they are aimed to be used as efficient sound absorber in a room. If their use is mainly visual barriers in an already well damped room or open plan office the value might be less important. The number is also useful for any other products that are marketed as individual objects, e.g.: sofas, chairs and discrete wall absorbers.

N10 is a single number that evaluates a product’s sound absorbing efficiency for speech sounds. In words, it is the number of objects required to obtain 10 square meters effective sound absorption area for speech.

Workplace Lighting: Best Practices for Office Lighting Design

Nowadays, up to 80 per cent of the information is processed visually. This leads to the fact that the choice of illumination has a more and more significant impact on the adequate processing of information. At the workplace, the illumination is mainly a part of ergonomic guidelines. Besides the fact that light does influence the personal well-being and health, it has also a positive impact on the motivation and performance. Lighting at the workplace is based on ergonomic principles and has to meet safety requirements within the meaning of occupational health and safety.

Ergonomics and Lighting in the Workplace

Light has different functions that have to be taken into consideration for comprehensive assessment of a lighting concept in a room. Illumination does not only support the visual perception and therefore the information brokerage, but it is also signified by psychic-emotional and psychic-biological effects.

The visual perception in a room is initially achieved by illumination. Therefore, ceiling fixtures have to be chosen individually according to the room condition.

The appropriate use of daylight and artificial light can have a strong impact on the psychic-emotional factors of lighting. Other factors that are influenced by light are health and performance. An ergonomically designed lighting can be very supporting and as studies have proved, a good illumination at the working place has also an impact on motivation.

The German Ordinance for Work with Visual Display Units implements the minimum standards in Germany regarding safety and health at computer workstations (EG-Directive 90/270/EWG). Additionally, the workplaces ordinance (ArbStättV) regulates more important issues regarding lighting at the workplace.

For the evaluation of quality of illumination, a variety of parameters is analyzed. The major criteria are lighting level and illuminance, harmonic brightness control, light colour, direction of light and restriction of glare and shadiness. Those parameters, influencing visual environment, comfort and performance, are frequently noted in scientific and practical approaches.

fact sheet

  • project : Hexagon Design for the 21st Century
  • location : Divyasree Trinity Campus, Hitech-City
  • client : Hexagon Capability Center, India Pvt Ltd.
  • architect : Archinova Design Pvt. Ltd.
  • site area : 2,00,00-sq.ft (approx.)
  • design year : 2015-2016