A two-storey building plays host to one of the most sought-after multi-disciplinary design practices in the country, behind the scenes at Studio Lotus
You could miss the entry if you didn’t look hard enough but once inside, it’s hard to leave. An easy going vibe, lots of natural light, relaxed banter, and unending cups of coffee in the courtyard, could trick you into thinking that you are walking into a friend’s home than one of the most busiest design practices in the country right now. Founded in 2002 in a relatively small DDA flat, (not far from it’s current address) by Ambrish Arora, Sidhartha Talwar and Ankur Choksi, Studio Lotus is now a 60-member strong team. Blocks of concrete, stubs of wood, swatches of fabrics and seemingly unending shelves of catalogues welcome you at the entry. Samples of products for a site vie for attention next to a huge model of a site in the mountains.
Down the corridor that hosts the material library is a life-sized (read: almost 20 feet) tall working model of a door. Two flights up, is where all the action is. It’s a cacophony of sorts. But no one seems to mind. It’s almost like everyone’s thriving on it. Abundant daylight, concrete flooring, white walls, long, sturdy wooden tables, and slotted angle shelves – our almost Nordic heart longs to call it home. Spaces here fuss-free but have a way of adapting to usage. “We don’t have fixed desks,” says Ambrish helpfully, “you can find us here, or at a team member’s desk or in the meeting rooms.”
There are three things that we wouldn’t trade, not for a fancy desk, not for a kickass designation, not for anything – our morning yoga routine, our bigger-than-our-room bookshelf and our mealtimes. So we understand why the Lotusites love coming to work so much – they have a meditation room, a gargantuan library and the folks are fiercely protective of their mealtimes. Now, that’s some food for thought for all the 9-5 troopers out there.