This is an interior alteration project for a software development company located in Toronto. The previously unoccupied 900 m2 space in a 7-storey office building was transformed into a modern and collaborative workspace for software developers and their support staff. The design goal intent was to create an office space that is open and thoughtfully connected. There are separate workstation spaces for the software developers, sales representatives, as well as various private offices and conference rooms.
The different spaces all have a visual connection to each other to encourage and facilitate interaction and collaboration between the workers. Company policy is to prioritize their employees and place less emphasis on workplace hierarchy. As a result, workstations are thoughtfully placed by the window walls, while private offices are placed further inside. This also allows for maximum penetration of natural light in all areas. The use of glazed partitions throughout the space creates fluidity and transparency.
In the office space, we have strategically placed particular glass panels to be multifunctional as whiteboards to promote idea sharing and collaboration amongst the employees. These whiteboards are floor-to-ceiling panels within a space with varying materiality such as back-painted glass, etched glass and electric glass, which can be turned on and off with a switch. The reception area was designed to create a modern, bright and minimalistic entrance. Materials such as polished concrete and white quartz stone reception desk with LED strip lights are used to achieve this.
The overall atmosphere of the space is defined by the glass partitions, exposed concrete ceiling and the polished concrete floor to create a modern and sleek look. At the same time, there are natural materials to add warmth to the space. The incorporation of natural materials include bamboo flooring in the private offices and conference room, wooden feature wall in the reception area, wooden slats ceiling detailing in the staff room, and custom designed solid Douglas fir tables in the conference room and staff room. The client being environmentally conscious, have opted for LED lighting for a majority of the light fixtures controlled by motion and daylight sensors.
Material used :
1. VARIO GLASS Inc.- Interior Glazing - Smart Privacy Glass
2. Interface Inc. - Floor finish - Interface carpet tile : Shiver me timbers 103925 Maple
3. Nadura Wood Corp. - Office floor finish - Composite bamboo floor: Bona commercial series
4. Teknion - Office furniture - Desk & chair