June 29, 2012

Work Life

The office (for many of us) is the centre of our work lives and we likely spend more of our waking hours there, than we do in our homes. Contemporary research and thinking have shifted the way we experience the work place of today, both in terms of productivity and worker happiness.   When we were asked to design new offices for Deans Knight Capital Management, we set out to create a place that not only supported work task, but also work life. The dematerialized office place (taking down walls) facilitates better communications and collaboration, but requires greater emphasis on the quality of the space for all (equality).  To balance the open plan we designed community hospitality spaces that enable privacy, conferencing or just a tête-à-tête over coffee at the island bar. 
Visually we were inspired by the classic mid-century offices, created by the likes of Florence Knoll and SOM.  Expropriating a confident material palette and modesty of form, reinterpreted in spaces that promote the work style of our time.  These preview shots were taken on move day, more of the project to follow both here and on our web site soon.
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