This project represents Shopify's expansion from its original HQ on Elgin Street. The clients continued to centre each floor in the office building on a particular theme. At Laurier, the themes related to different climate zones in Canada and how these could be artfully and practically represented across the floors.
We applied learnings from previous work with Shopify and applied it at Laurier. Duplicating types of rooms, and workspaces that are effective and allow for the greatest productivity for different types of people.
This private nook is on the backside of the standalone work pod shown above. It's a fully equipped workstation for focused endeavours.
Design Insight - Arctic Climate Zone
The lower floors in this project represent the arctic climate. We used an icy colour palette with some muted colours, white-washed wood, and angled structures reminiscent of ice and rock.
This "iceberg" is a standing-only meeting room meant for quick thinking in short meetings.
This zone is characterized by cedar, charred and natural plus plenty of greenery. Like in a forest, there are also plenty of opportunities to peek through into different areas.
We worked with an artist from Prince Edward County to design custom prints for upholstery and wallpaper.
Meeting In The Round
Auditorium-style seating for presentations and town hall-type gatherings.
Project Manager: The Lake Partnership & Cresa Ottawa PM inc.
Construction Manager: The Lake Partnership
Builder: The Lake Partnership
Millworker: KSL Construction Services, Marfoglia Construction
Artists: Sarah Delayney, Kate Golding
Photographers: Krista Jahnke, Kevin Bela, Alexandra Barlow