The head office serves Pakistan’s only operative biotech plant. Maintaining a low running cost was an important consideration in the design, to allow the joint company to continue producing low-cost life-saving drugs. Being a joint venture between two firms, the complex is conceived as a union of two masses. The concept is developed around ‘the source of life’. In front of the building is a body of water, seen as a source of life in the physical world. The metaphysical source, the Divine Being, is represented by the architectural unity, and by the colour white. Climate and lighting concerns have informed the building’s orientation and fenestration. The courtyard arrangement and presence of water make reference to local Mughal architecture.
Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture