Boston – Carbonite, Inc., a provider of cloud and hybrid backup and recovery solutions for businesses, has opened its new headquarters in Lafayette City Center in Boston’s Downtown Crossing. The new 52,000sf home will accommodate up to 400 employees. JLL, along with project team members IA Interior Architects, WB Engineers+Consultants, Environments at Work, and Columbia Construction, collaborated on the project build-out and design. The owner and developer of Lafayette City Center at 2 Avenue de Lafayette is Boston-based The Abbey Group. The sixth floor industrial chic design brings the comforts of home into the workplace through thoughtful detailing, exposed ceilings, the use of reclaimed metal, wide plank floors, and a central hearth. These elements are balanced by sleek glass office fronts and refined finishes.
The design of the space pays homage to Carbonite’s history and brand through subtle references to Star Wars. More specifically, Carbonite’s company name was inspired by Han Solo and The Empire Strikes Back. This reference is invoked throughout the workplace in a variety of ways including architectural detailing with carbonite-inspired reclaimed metal and modernized Star Wars environmental graphics.
The floor plate has been designed to create departmental neighborhoods while preserving an open concept. Within each neighborhood, there are significant collaboration spaces offering a variety of work settings from small one-to-two person focus rooms to larger capacity conference rooms to more informal living rooms and multipurpose spaces. Beyond the neighborhoods, there are centrally located common areas positioned to support informal collaboration, including a high-end coffee bar and café area. “Lafayette City Center and Downtown Crossing is a convenient and vibrant place to be,” said Carbonite’s vice president, Danielle Sheer. “We’re in the center of the new Innovation District in Boston, which is bustling with tech companies and start-ups.”