The corporate headquarters for McKinsey & Company, an international management consulting firm, serves as a paradigm of how strategic design can transform and enhance performance in business environments. The 75,000 square foot, three storey project set out to establish an ideal workspace, embodying the concept that creativity grows out of interactivity. After researching 20 potential locations, a site was selected at Victoria University, part of the University of Toronto campus, setting the company apart from their competitors in the financial district. The building acknowledges and expands upon its cultural context by integrating campus planning traditions with innovative office design, fostering a spirit of collaboration and excellence.
The design redefines the conventional office with a new planning model: The Hive. This dynamic gathering space integrates the architectural essentials of light, form, and material into a three storey, naturally lit interior court. Conceived as the centerpiece of day-to-day work-life, The Hive combines conference spaces with intimate seating areas and circulation. Completed in 1999, the project has received numerous awards, including the 2001 Toronto Construction Association’s Best of the Best and the 2000 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence. The building is also the youngest to be heritage designated in the City of Toronto (five years after construction), demonstrating the enduring cultural worth of craft and invention.