Designing the framework & experience of Cairn’s corporate office

What’s beneath the surface?


  One of India’s largest private oil and gas exploration and production companies Cairn Energy PLC, part of Vedanta Group, was moving to a new office space to accommodate their growing workforce. Elephant Design Agency was commissioned to design the framework and experience that would represent their collaborative work culture with a friendly, yet global professional feel.

With a huge leap in employees as well as projects, Cairn wanted a brand new space to reflect their values & culture and most importantly, to make it a lively working environment. Elephant Design Agency did a thorough study of their official requirements, staffing needs and functions. An experience document was created leading to a brief creation for 200,000sqft of space covering interior work & other agencies.

Theme on Earth

What better theme to pick for their office than the Earth itself? For the workspace named ‘Terra’, Elephant drew inspiration from the various layers below the Earth’s surface and used them to customize each floor & the spaces within.

The visual language included a detailed theme, colour & inspiration for each floor, drawn from each of the Earth’s layers, translating into the various rooms.

Vibrant & open feel

Workspaces and meeting rooms of Cairn were designed with plenty of natural light, allowing a vibrant and open feel. Formal meeting zones were defined. Hang out spots, like the breakout zones and cafeterias, had a brighter more casual demeanour for easy relaxation. Right from the parking lot to the conference rooms, Elephant created a thoughtful journey that resonated with the brand Cairn India.

Cairn India reported greater employee satisfaction and productivity since their shift to the new integrated space.

Client : Cairn Energy
Sector : Oil & gas
Work : Work space & interiors
Location : Gurugram
Design firm : Elephant Design Agency

Elephant Design Agency

A design led innovation organisation, solving complex challenges which focus on people and the future, Elephant Design Agency creates brands, develops products, brings spaces to life and delivers new experiences while opening opportunities to drive growth for their clients. They love to deliver ideas and solutions that come alive as winners in emerging markets. Elephant is a highly experienced team of design consultants straddling areas like product development, industrial design, user experience, design strategy & research, brand strategy, space design & architecture and visual communication.

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