ALEEYA. design studio unites corporate and creative in boutique office in Pakistan

ALEEYA. design studio unveils The Extension, a corporate and creative workspace serving as the practice's new design HQ

Aleeya Design Studio The Extension
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ALEEYA. design studio, the Pakistani practice also more minimally known as ‘A.’, has revealed The Extension; a boutique office space providing a slice of calm in the bustling coastal city of Karachi, the country's economic heart.

Featured in the Wallpaper* Architects’ Directory 2023, architect Aleeya Khan strives to to blend her South Asian heritage with her international design influences, to create sleek minimalist architecture to improve developing cities through design. Her most recent completion is a 75,000 sq ft office space that now functions as ALEEYA.’s new design HQ, as well as hosting Mega; one of Pakistan's leading conglomerates.

ALEEYA. design studio: The Extension

ALEEYA Design Studios The Extension

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Like many of Khan's other designs, The Extension showcases a streamlined concrete façade, a technique that is becoming her own stylistic trademark. It also serves as her homage to Japanese architect Tadao Ando, who is an ongoing inspiration.

ALEEYA Design Studios The Extension

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While concrete can be a rough and cold material to use, the designers here played with an array of soft grey tones to create a welcoming, bright and open space. Glass window panelling on the ground level creates an illusion of a floating block above. This contrast adds playfulness between opaque and transparent, heavy and light, against the cityscape.

ALEEYA Design Studios The Extension

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Upon entering, natural light cascades through the atrium, crafting a sense of calm to the work space and blurring the lines of where the corporate space ends and the creative begins. Bespoke workstations complement Scandinavian-inspired fixed furniture elements, which have been tailor-made to perfectly fit the building.

ALEEYA Design Studios The Extension

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The interior's showpiece is a steel spiral staircase in the building's heart. It features a decadent mahogany veneer and Capri limestone. It is crowned by a 7ft circular skylight that illuminates the stairwell with shimmering light, glowing throughout the day.

ALEEYA Design Studios The Extension

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Working with Pakistan's hot and tropical climate, Khan drew parallels between her site and the arid landscape of Arizona to craft openings and the building's outdoor spaces and orientation. Cacti emerge between grey-hued pebbles and stepping stones in the patios, adding texture to the sleek exterior design. 

ALEEYA Design Studios The Extension

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Balancing local and global, inside and outside, opaque and transparent spaces, The Extension is set to become the perfect home for the dynamic practice. 

ALEEYA Design Studios The Extension

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Tianna Williams is the Editorial Executive at Wallpaper*. Before joining the team in 2023, she has contributed to BBC Wales, Ford UK, SurfGirl Magazine, and Parisian Vibe, with work spanning from social media content creation to editorial. Now, her role covers writing across varying content pillars for Wallpaper*.