By : Dubbeldam Architecture + Design
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 14e édition
Discipline : Interior Design
Categories : Office / Office 5,400 - 54,000 sq.ft. (500 - 5 000 sq. m.) : Gold Winner
Slack sought to create an imaginative space for their Toronto office that reflected their company culture and its relationship with craft and technology. Set in a former knitting and textile factory in the heart of downtown Toronto, three storeys within the interior of this mid-rise brick and beam building were redesigned to meet all the needs of a twenty-first century tech company, inspired both by the building’s heritage and the company’s work culture. To reinforce the Slack brand, physical ‘threads of communication’ enliven the space. As an allusion to both the communication inherent in the messaging application itself and a homage to the lines of yarn that were utilized in the mechanized knitting process, these threads manifest themselves in linear, material geometries through lighting, networking cables, and felt accents. Bold colours for design elements and furniture are derived from Slack’s logo as a continuous reminder of the invigorated interior’s new identity. A welcoming, open concept workspace to accommodate upwards of 142 employees was the primary functional requirement of the project. A central core was created to host a variety of communal spaces, whose openings are ‘carved’ out of the seemingly solid core and accented with their own contrasting pop of colour. The layout builds upon Slack’s well-established tenet of providing engaging spaces, while the material nature of the design pays tribute to Slack’s company values of craftsmanship and heritage.
Architect : Dubbeldam Architecture + Design