A visual journey through Mumbai
Booking.com’s new Mumbai office is a reflection of what the brand aspires for on a global platform – a workspace that fosters creativity and communication while allowing employees to feel like a part of the local culture and the city they call home. Interior designers M Moser achieved this by incorporating the quintessential Mumbai city life into the workspace through carefully chosen elements, creating a visual journey through a day in the life of a ‘Mumbaikar’, a journey that reminds end-users of the rich, multi-layered ethos that thrives within their city. The reception showcases a typical street market, while the cafeteria features bespoke ‘cutting chai glass’ chandeliers. Towards the interior, the hard spaces are fabricated by re-purposed containers inspired by current high-rise proposals using containers to resolve high-density population housing in the city. Materials were sourced locally wherever possible, often showing an authentic raw patina.
Larger than life
The smaller meeting rooms are furnished with blown-up photographs clicked by the Booking.com employees of destinations visited. This feature adds a personal touch to the design. The built-up areas around the open office including the meeting rooms and offices symbolize popular holiday destinations that echo the spirit of exploration and adventure.
Tying together the visual tapestry, the impactful ‘Grunge’ super graphics of Bollywood and cricket stars are dispersed throughout the office, resonating ‘larger than life’ – a phrase commonly associated with movie and sports celebrities in India. The graphics also weave together an ‘organic’ collage that represents the multi-faceted culture of Mumbai using themes like architectural relics and the Hindi alphabet as an art form. The new Booking.com Mumbai office took just 60 days to design and construct. To maintain the short timeline, M Moser’s strategy was to form a streamlined project management system, fine-tuning milestones and ensuring the client approval process for each milestone kept to program.
|Architects||M Moser Associates|
|Project type||New building|
|Gross floor area m2||1114|
|Number of employees||50|
|Lighting||Light fixtures were procured locally for this project|
|Flooring||Interface - carpet|
|Acoustics||Double glazed JEB proprietary system|
|Workspace Furniture||Ahnend - Sit to Stand workstation | Ahrend - chairs|
|Conference Furniture||Haworth - chairs|
|Technology||We use webex, newforma, Microsoft teams, GotoMeeting, etc.|