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When it was time to design the new headquarters for workspace creators JTCPL Designs’, it was obvious who they’d pick for the project – JTCPL Designs itself. JTCPL Designs has always lived by the rulebook when it comes to every other client. So when their client was their own company, it was assumed those values would automatically be integrated into the design.

But below we look at the tenets that JTCPL Designs has literally engraved on its walls, and how it went about breaking 80 percent of them:

1. “Teamwork makes the dream work.”

Having a common vision is key to starting out any new project. When a plan of action is mapped out before starting out, it’s important for all team members to be on-board.

We closely watched each of our team members come up with their own unique vision for the space – which was great – until it was realised that each vision was so unique, it was difficult to piece it all together as one.

Rule Conformance Rating: 0/5

2. “We strive to always deliver on time & on budget.”

JTCPL Designs has always prided itself in being dependable on financial plans and scheduling – to every client other than themselves, it seems. While we are big believers of growth, but in this case, the only expansion we witnessed was in the budget and timelines.

Rule Conformance Rating: 0/5

3. “Creating excellence through partnership.”

Usually a project comprises of two sides – the client side, which conveys the vision and the service side, which recreates this vision in the real world. It’s this collaboration between the two that leads to great creations. But when the client side and the service side are exactly the same entity, it has all the functionality of a split personality. JTCPL Designs was aspiring for its own approvals and simultaneously disapproving of the same.

Rule Conformance Rating: 0/5

4. “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.”

While discipline is almost integrated into each member of the JTCPL Designs team, it was the lack of a clear goal that obstructed them from using it as the bridge to the said goal. To put it simply, there was discipline, serving as a bridge that led to nowhere specific.

Rule Conformance Rating: 0/5

5. “Responsiveness is not a behaviour, but a mindset.”

So how did JTCPL Designs manage to turn this nightmare of a project into a dream space? Finally, it was muscle memory – a series of learned habits that JTCPL Designs just cannot unlearn – that came to their rescue. Once the rhythm that makes up a team’s collective instinct kicked in, everything finally fell into place.

Rule Conformance Rating: 5/5

Will JTCPL Designs take up a challenge like this ever again? Hell yes – but this time, with greater respect and discipline.

Watch this space for more updates…


Photo Courtesy: Prashant Bhat




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  1. Rajendra Bendre

    Great post Ninad!

    We are at our joyful best in places that blow our breath away! Usually at the edge of the unkown, uncertain and the dangerous a precipice, a mountain top, down snow clad mountains while skiing, when the immensity of the landscape in front of us is incomprehensible and so on.

    Will be great when work spaces take our breath away and at the same time bring us all together to express our collective intelligence to make our work an expression of art!.

  2. Swati Balgi

    Congrats Ninad ! Nice to read expert’s views on Workspace Design. Will look forward to read more on your blog.
    Swati Balgi

  3. Praveen

    Ninad nice to read your post…Happy Ken”s session was impactful. .Let’s continue this collaboration around workplace knowledge..

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