Human Centric Design and Grade A Offices in Commercial Real Estate

Created on: 3rd April 2023

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Spatial design has witnessed a cultural shift, where we have increasingly gravitated towards human-centred design. Office spaces are being designed with the intent of enabling people, where the focus is now on putting the human before design to facilitate collaboration, creativity, community and wellbeing.

An enviable office address is increasingly sought after by companies and their people alike. Thus, businesses are priding themselves for adapting to such office design philosophies with Grade A offices that offer a flight to quality.

Internationally accepted standards classify Grade A buildings as buildings with high quality amenities such as efficient fire and disaster management systems, cutting edge HVAC, technologies like high speed elevators, concierge solutions, other utilities like confectionaries, cafes, fitness centres, breakout areas. These Grade A buildings also offer an unmatchable location, generous parking facilities, architecturally marvelous structures with contemporary aesthetics, natural light and welcoming design.

Deeply connected to the location’s central business districts and the neighbouring travel networks, these Grade-A buildings offer the ideal ground for finding like-minded businesses with a careful tenant mix. Another vital component of such structures is a growing need for sustainability amongst occupiers with them driving the green agenda. Businesses are increasingly vying for green buildings which align with affirmative action on net zero carbon pledges.

In a post-pandemic world, employees have also been reinvigorated by reuniting with their colleagues, in turn bolstering collaboration. But people’s expectations from workspaces have also changed where they are now demanding larger and comfortable spaces, holistic benefits, adequate natural lighting and motivating surroundings. Professionals now view workspaces as fluid platforms for socializing, brainstorming and co-creating.

Younger employees also want to work for organisations that align with their values and aspire to work out of spaces that take a wholesome approach to health, safety, and wellness, and that make a positive impact on the environment. Conversely buildings and office spaces can serve as a tangible representation of a company’s brand, ethos and identity. On the other hand, businesses value engaged workforces and have dedicated efforts on leveraging workspaces for attracting and retaining top talent, boosting productivity and morale. High quality workspaces like Grade A offices are a win-win value proposition for businesses and their people alike.

International Business Park by Oberoi Realty

With International Business Park (IBP) as the principal brand, Oberoi Realty is focused on creating spaces that match these expectations of contemporary workplaces. We are focused on transforming the perception of offices and turning them into attractive destinations, rather than inescapable commitments.

An impeccable union of modern workspaces, innovative design, international expertise, pioneering architecture, unparalleled facilities, recreational provisions, sustainable best practices and an all-encompassing gift of greenery with the convenience of connectivity, IBP is an institution for global business and growth.

Nestled in the ready ecosystem of Oberoi Garden City, Mumbai – International Business Park hosts three formidable developments, Commerz, Commerz II and the upcoming Commerz III. Commerz is India’s first mixed use building with world class ambience comprising a 5-star hotel, restaurants and premium office spaces designed by internationally acclaimed architects. Commerz II is a 30-storied LEED-certified development, a prime choice for leading corporate houses, software majors, startups and Fortune 500 companies. With Commerz III, nearing completion, Oberoi Realty foresaw the futuristic expectations of a truly Grade A office infrastructure in 2019, and is about to deliver an iconic symbol of excellence in the Mumbai skyline.

Author – Rohan Valecha
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