Red Bull Canada Head Office Expansion

Red Bull Canada Head Office Expansion

Architect
Johnson Chou
Location
Toronto, ON, Canada | View Map
Project Year
2011
Category
Offices
Tom Arban Photography

Red Bull Canada Head Office Expansion

Johnson Chou as Architects

This project is a 5000SF expansion to the original Red Bull space recently completed by the designers in August 2010. The client’s brief was essentially three-fold: to create a space consistent in concept and form to the original yet be a reinterpretation of it; that the space be inspiring for staff in administrative/accounts who are normally relegated to bland, impersonal spaces; and that the predominant materials be that from a reclaimed source.

photo_credit Tom Arban Photography
Tom Arban Photography

The expansion extends the Red Bull space to the south of the existing building, comprised of a bar and lounge area, open workstations, meeting areas, boardroom and private offices.

photo_credit Tom Arban Photography
Tom Arban Photography

Continuing the narrative or architectural concept of vessels for transformation, the design focuses on four main components: a bar/lounge area, a linear open workstation concept, a wool felt-clad form and a boardroom.

photo_credit Tom Arban Photography
Tom Arban Photography

As Red Bull is host to many social gatherings, from art openings, parties and receptions, the bar/lounge area functions to anchor the public areas of the space. Clad in black granite as a reference to an existing granite lunch/meeting table on the same floor, the lounge is enclosed (floor, ceiling and walls) by reclaimed Tamarack sawn into floor strips.

photo_credit Tom Arban Photography
Tom Arban Photography

An aluminum mesh screen (similar to the mesh used in the New Museum in New York) divides the bar from the open workstations. For public events the screens, suspended from tracks, slide to either wall to prevent entry. The custom workstations, composed like a ribbon, transforms from a floor surface to a work surface to a ceiling plane, providing colour, texture, warmth and a sense of enclosure. A defunct elevator core is re-formed and clad with varying colours and thickness of felt, utilized for its sound absorption qualities. The organic form is evocative of the natural contours of a mountain or the muscular torso of a bull.

photo_credit Tom Arban Photography
Tom Arban Photography

A new meeting room composed of felt, blackboard and tamarack wood strips positioned in a random pattern is another vessel or “primitive hut”. The lighting and the wood strips in the ceiling are intending to evoke the effect of light filtering through branches. A long boardroom table fabricated from a cherry tree felled on the millworker’s own property anchors the space.

photo_credit Tom Arban Photography
Tom Arban Photography

Private offices situated behind what was originally an exterior wall feature custom-designed workstations made from oak veneer that are similar in detail to the offices recently completed in the first phase.

photo_credit Tom Arban Photography
Tom Arban Photography
photo_credit Tom Arban Photography
Tom Arban Photography
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