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The client is IDEO, a global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations in the public and private se… Read More
The client is IDEO, a global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow. They identify new ways to serve and support people by uncovering latent needs, behaviours, and desires. The client expressed their wishes to set up office in Toronto and the space to be designed with the same human-centered approach as they work with. They requested for a semi-open plan design which incorporates barrier-free features. Read Less
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This project takes its cue from its location of the intense urban situation of the Queen and Bathurst area, Toronto.
Proposing an “Interior Urbanism”, this project introduces the complexity of streetcar overhead lines--aninstigator of urbanity through circulation--into the open spaces of the office which read as urban intersections. Conference rooms are articulated as buildings-within-buildings in a store-front typology. Exterior materials, lights, planting, and even a piece of landscape-as-mini-golf are introduced to further create the dynamic, diverse and contingent quality of the urban sphere, indoors, generating constant excitement in this office space.
The paved 'sidewalk', with exterior brick elements in certain areas, and the streetcar wires overhead create the 'streetscape' the design aims for.
Meeting Room
Reception
Hoteling station
Cafe and mini golf
The office-scape