snap, inc.
chantilly, virginia

Explanation of Project including scope:

An entrepreneur with a growing business had just purchased the office next door, gaining an additional 1,540 square feet of space to increase his total office space to just over 4,000 square feet.

He needed GMA to redesign and combine the two suites and into one new office space.

Unusual Constraints or challenges:

The program dictated that the new design should be based on the principles of Vastu Shastra, the traditional Hindu system of architecture.

This was the first time team GMA had been approached with such a specific request and required extensive research and study to familiarize ourselves with the design rules, methodology and concepts of this ancient architectural practice.

Creative solutions to the challenges:

Team GMA pored through several Vastu Shastra texts and research material and applied the principles of design, layout, measurements, space arrangement and spatial geometry to the design of the new layout of offices, cubicles, conference rooms, bathrooms, kitchen and other spaces.

Using the elements of Vastu Shastra as a guideline, GMA incorporated natural elements such as a waterfall feature and stone on walls, and a central ‘open interior courtyard’ to house the cubicle workstations.  Curvilinear walls and ceiling planes were utilized in the new design to imitate the free flowing forms and non-rigidity exemplified by nature.

Colors and textures utilized throughout the new design for walls, floors, millwork, tiles, carpet, desks, and countertops are natural earth-tone colors.

Overall results of the project:

GMA has been able to adapt and apply the Vastu Shastra architectural code to a modern setting resulting in a very ‘livable’ new office space that provides occupants and visitors alike, especially at their initial encounter of the new office space from the entry and reception area,  with a feeling of be surrounded by a warm natural environment!


g. manu & associates - architectural design & build
g. manu & associates - architectural design & build