Smartworks leases 3 lakh sq ft shared space with Mapletree in Bengaluru

Smartworks, a shared space provider, has leased 3 lakh sq ft of workspace in Mapletree’s Global Technology Park situated along the Outer Ring Road, Bengaluru.

The centre will have a sitting capacity of 6,000 seats with rent varying from Rs 10,000-15,000 per seat per month.

Mapletree India Management Services, which had acquired the IT Park in 2011, declined to comment.

Neetish Sarda, founder of the company claims that about 30% of the space is pre-sold. Incedo, a technology solutions and services provider, is one of the tenants that have leased space in the centre.

Smartworks has invested about $15 million since its inception in 2016. It currently has 14 centres with 7 lakh sq ft space across nine cities i.e. Delhi, Gurugram, Noida, Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad.

The company plans to lease at least 3.5 million sq ft of shared workspace in future. “We aim to expand in South and West India in the next quarter,” said Sarda.

Office spaces across India are getting trendy and cosy by the time. Companies are trying hard to make their employees feel at home. Trendy colours and open office spaces have taken the place of single colour cubicles.

Colourful furniture and complementary graphics add liveliness to the office space.

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Waiting area is not so boring now!!

A collaborative seating zone with eclectic lighting provides a welcome multi-use meeting/ waiting/ discussion space.

Meeting booths are getting casual

Gone are days when meetings used to be held behind closed doors. Here collaborative zones feature semi-enclosed meeting booths with comfortable sofa seating for a quick one on one or team discussion.

Open office environment leads to more productivity

120-degree workstation arrangements allow for both sufficient individual privacy and team-wise definition of space in an open office environment.

Such designs are increasingly being used by companies to allow employees to interact with each other creating a warm environment eventually improving the overall productivity.

Dull colours are the things of the past

Many may not know but colours also play an important role while designing an office space.

Vibrant and trendy colours add a fun element to the office spaces.

A welcome break from the work

Aesthetically designed food and beverage corner with a high bar counter type seating, visi-cooler and tea-coffee dispensar provides for a great place for chit-chat and a welcome break from the work.

Open seating creates a congenial work atmosphere

Taking open office seating to the next level by removing all screens and partitions to encourage interaction and collaboration.

The accent colours on walls and columns with well-placed graphics and greenery create a congenial work atmosphere.

‘Getaway’ areas a common trend

‘Get away’ areas are being designed at every corner of the office which can be utilised for various purposes.

Even a circulation space is transformed into a lively interaction space with wooden flooring and backdrop of interestingly numbered lockers.

The food and beverage counter or pantry in the background with a splash of colour further helps create a congenial atmosphere.

New age video conferencing space

Clean white lines define a new age video conferencing / entertainment space with a combination of sofa seating in front and high standing counter/ bar seating to accommodate more participants.

Open desking replacing individual workstations

Open desking without fixed user assigned seats or hot desking are replacing individual workstations as a new trend that is being embraced even by traditional offices.

Companies are even encouraging employees at the top managerial level to go for such open spaces to interact more with their team.

Island cabins are the new norms

The island cabins and meeting rooms are the new norm pushing the open work desks toward the external periphery for a better daylight penetration and hence a naturally brighter working environment.

Accent colours based on a theme or derived from corporate colours add a distinct character to these enclosed yet visually open spaces.