Cybernet recently engaged the interior design and architecture firm – Naheed Mashooqullah— to design the company’s Karachi-based Network Operations Center and the headquarters of its cloud computing division, RapidCompute.
Pakistan’s first cloud computing service provider, RapidCompute provides IAAS services to a range of customers from start-ups to large multinationals. The office was built to reflect the company’s culture of openness, collaboration and fun – while providing an inspiring and ergonomic workplace to stimulate employee creativity and enhance productivity.
The project involved extensive renovation of a 5,500 sq. ft. portion of Cybernet’s 20,000 sq. ft. corporate facility in Karachi. The renovated office is amongst Pakistan’s few truly green facilities and boasts a variety of features for energy conservation such as DC inverter air conditioners, LED lighting (with occupancy sensors), double pane UV treated windows etc. The office was built taking into account ISO 27001:2005 ISMS standards and includes use of biometric based security access for sensitive locations, advanced CCTV based monitoring and a robust building management system.
The design is a harmony of both form and function. The color palette used is conservative with streaks of RapidCompute’s bold orange motif. Special attention was placed on the decor of the office, which was commissioned by local artisans. Other features include modern bathrooms and kitchenette, height adjustable workstations, video conferencing facilities in all meetings rooms (including a telepresence robot for telecommuters) and a marble internal staircase that opens to an elegant lounge and recreation area for employees and guests.
Design: Naheed Mashooqullah
Photography: Kohi Marri