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Space Matrix & Urban Frame Pvt Ltd

Creating Elegant Designs For Users

Space Matrix, a design and build firm founded by Shagufta Anurag in 2001, specialises in the workplace interiors segment. The Singapore-based firm has 15 offices in Asia, including six in India. It works with global corporations and the Indian startup ecosystem.

“I feel a designer can create a far lasting impact on the users of spaces and on the culture of organisations,” says Akshay Lakhanpal, CEO-India of Space Matrix. The firm’s FY21 gross revenue for India business is approximately 60 million Singapore dollars. 

Space Matrix designed LinkedIn’s Bengaluru office to provide an immersive environment with amenities that offer a balanced work-life experience for employees.

Netflix’s office and post-production facilities in Mumbai and Stanza Living’s corporate office in Gurugram are some of its ongoing projects.

Then there’s Urban Frame Pvt Ltd, a Space Matrix Group company that was established 15 years ago. The Bengaluru-based design company has worked on a range of sectors—residential, villa developments, high-rise apartments, mixed-use developments, corporate campuses, hospitals, commercial buildings and sports infrastructure.

“Our mission is to create a sustainable liveable community through knowledge-based design solutions,” says Raghavendra Hegde, director at Urban Frame Pvt Ltd. “Design is about creating elegant solutions to address user needs.”

For Hedge, the Mantri Central Centrium Bengaluru—a transit-oriented development—is particularly memorable due to the intricacy and “finding a solution beyond the brief and contributing back to the city”.

Mixed-use development Vajram Esteva, The Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence and the Windflower Resort, all in Bengaluru, are some of the firm’s other projects.

Space Matrix, Lakhanpal says, has focussed on data collection and analysis to design a workplace that “provides the benefits that people missed out on when not in office and takes into consideration the aspects that people loved while working from home”.

“Artificial intelligence and machine learning will dominate the design world,” says Anup Naik, co-founder and director of Urban Frame. “Immersive technology will change the architectural design process. The construction technology will play a pivotal role in new and innovative design approaches,” adds Hegde.

By Darielle Britto

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