Designing our own studio space offered a unique opportunity to develop an interior that embodies the character of our practice. Designed for flexibility, the space can be reconfigured as needed or moved to allow for future expansion as the company grows. The studio is housed in an early 20th century mill/warehouse building in Toronto’s Corktown neighborhood and occupies a 1,400 sq.ft., brick and beam suite on the lower level. The office reflects the workshop’s collaborative approach and provides the perfect backdrop for designing projects.
The design for the interior was driven by two main concerns: an emphasis on surfaces and common areas for informal meetings, while maintaining a generous but efficient workspace layout. For a small office, there are many spaces for collaboration: five separate meeting spaces, from small to large, informal to formal. This small, open plan succeeds in balancing privacy with openness; between areas where people can focus intently on their work and areas that encourage dialogue in a relaxed atmosphere. Opening up a basement level space to create a bright, airy and lively feel was a challenge; the selection of a clean colour palette and retention of natural wood adds warmth and dispels any hint of austerity that can often be prevalent with such a minimal interior.