PROCESS: This project is a unique partnership between designer and client. The 15 member firm wished to express their design sensibility and inspire a new level of creativity in their studio space. As new owners of a prominent building in a popular city district, the clients had a strong desire to interact with, and contribute to, the design and business community.ORGANIZE: The space reflects the interactive social-structureof the Burton office. There is a comfortable ambiguity in the overlap between public and private spaces. The studio entry functions as art gallery, reception area, and a casual setting for office gatherings where the employees enjoy weekly office dinners. Here, a floating theatrical scrim gives privacy to the studio and provides a backdrop for art, sculpture or projected images. Behind the scrim, workstations and light tables are aligned on three power/data axis at the center of the studio to allow for the flexible arrangement of furniture and data/power demands. A 15 foot high library contains project models and books and the mezzanine provides a quiet, thoughtful place for research.BUILD: Interior and exterior surfaces were sandblasted and all interior walls demolished, leaving the original 100’ x 100’ raw shell of concrete with a 25 foot vaulted ceiling supported by substantial timber trusses. The construction process offered opportunity to add new layers to the building. Massive frames of structural steel inserted at the centre of the volume create a demising wall that separates street retail from studio/gallery. Steel, glass, plywood and rubber are added in different combinations to achieve an engaging dialogue with the space and its users. This careful attention to detail creates an intimacy of “place” within the immense volume.The strategy of subtraction and addition is synonymous with the making of landscape. Materials are carefully carved and sculpted while their textures contrast and compliment each other. This design studio and its surrounding program embody the essence of the original purpose: to make a place where the creative act is the priority.