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CSquared - Office Ghana

LOCATION: ACCRA, GHANA
PURPOSE:  OFFICE
AREA400 m2 GFA
COMPLETION: 2016
LEAD ARCHITECT: PRINGLE BRANDON PERKINS + WILL, London
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    CSquared is a technology company, owned by Google, Convergence Partners, International Finance Corporation (“IFC”), and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. 

    CSquared is making commercially driven investments into broadband-enabling infrastructure throughout Africa. When it comes to Internet access, a basic connection is useful — but it is abundant, affordable broadband that can transform communities and help people make the most of opportunities online. By investing in internet infrastructure and making it available to local service providers, CSquared helps bring high-quality broadband access to Africa’s large cities. CSquared currently has over 800 km of fibre in Kampala and Entebbe, in Uganda; more than 840 km of fibre in the Ghanaian cities of Accra, Tema, and Kumasi and has just launched in Monrovia, Liberia. Collectively over 25 service providers now use these metro fibre networks to offer broadband services and 4G data to end users, with over 1,300 tower and commercial building sites connected directly to CSquared’s fibre infrastructure. 
    For more information, visit www.csquared.com

    The concept for the office was produced by UK architectural firm Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will (PBPW). OOA partnered with them and took over the Design development and Construction stage as well as the supervision stage till practical completion in February 2017.

    PBPW’s
    design concept was based on the philosophy 
    of
                            “Technical and Physical with a Traditional Twist”.

    “Technology” is represented through technically engineered mass produced items
    such as the lights, furniture and the “Physical” is communicated through physically engineered custom items such as the bamboo wall and the games room communal table.
    The local/traditional flavor was also added through graphics and materials to glazing and furniture pieces.
    There are various elements that stand out including the Trotro sayings on the reception desk, the bamboo wall and the concrete floor which captures the industrial vibe of the project.
    Materials sourced for the interior fit out where from green certified companies in response to Googles cooperate policy on sustainability.

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