Podcast: Design Infinity on its involvement in the DTEC Project
EXCLUSIVE: The interior design and fit-out firm shares insights on how it has redefined working zones in the city
Interior design and fit-out firm Design Infinity has revealed to Construction Week details on how it has broken the monotony of working zones —through co-working spaces and recreational areas, complete with interesting elements — as part of the Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus (DTEC) project in Dubai Silicon Oasis.
During the latest episode of the Construction Week Viewpoint podcast with CW editor Ashley Williams, Design Infinity's managing partner, Geetha Nayak, and co-founder, Pratap Mendonca, discuss the firm's sustainability drive and expansion plans, as well as how it aims to establish joint ventures and boost its presence in the Northern Emirates.
Listen to the entire conversation here.
Commenting on the DTEC project, Nayak told Construction Week that the firm completed its work on 15 December, 2019.
She added: "The scale and creative design of the project inspired us to get involved. We were happy to work with Broadway Interiors, the design consultant for the project. The total size of the project is 67,000 square feet, spread across four floors."
Speaking about the DTEC project's focus on employee health and wellbeing, Nayak added: "It is essentially a co-working space with collaborative areas, flexible desks, and discussion rooms that help the teams to brainstorm efficiently. In addition, the recreational areas include indoor slides and a 100m indoor jogging track. We have also used lively elements such as bright colours and elements of nature such as olive trees to to facilitate stress reduction in the workplace."
Furthermore, Nayak revealed that one of the main challenges that Design Infinity faced during the course of the project was a tight timeline.
"The project had to be completed within 90 days. To add to that, the project was challenging in terms of its design and intricate elements, and required constant coordination with various consultants," she added.
Speaking about the firm's projects for the year and addressing challenges that lie ahead, Mendonca said: "The year's plan for Design Infinity includes increasing in-house teams, expanding the office to Abu Dhabi, boosting our presence in the Northern Emirates, and ensuring more focus on sustainability in all our projects."
Mendonca also revealed that Design Infinity aims to enter the hospitality sector and establish joint ventures in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in the current year.
He also spoke about the Expo 2020 as an opportunity for Design Infinity's business.
"There is a lot of potential for fit-out works in Saudi Arabia and the UAE," Mendonca concluded.
Business leaders are regular podcast special guests. The weekly bulletin has welcomed the likes of Grant Porter, CEO of the Middle East and Africa for Atkins; Anthony Taylor, head of real estate for ENBD-Reit; Lee French, Cundall Middle East’s operations director; and tech entrepreneur Karim Helal, co-founder and chief executive officer of building portal ProTenders.
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