A calm urban retreat in the city. Scandinavian inspired.
It all began in Ottawa - where significant growth forced a need for contemporary headquarters. A place where the current leader in international e-commerce could call home. Linebox rose to the challenge, and from it was born one of the most unique offices in Canada.
The challenge became to convert eight storeys of a new office tower into a creative innovation hub. The mandate was to apply the best evidence-based principles of high functioning office design to ensure an innovative and collaborative workplace focused not just on productivity, but also employee health and wellbeing.
All meeting rooms are completely equipped for virtual meetings connecting team members from around the globe.
Tucked away behind work pods are these "nooks" where people can come together or work in a comfy setting on their own.
“This is the best office we’ve ever had. It has succeeded way past anything we had expected”.
1920's Prohibition Theme
This theme features dark materials, luxurious upholstery, and the feel of a speakeasy.
Design Insight - Themed Floors
There are a total of 11 floors for the Shopify Headquarters - each with its own unique theme. The themes informed all design decisions.
The challenge was to incorporate each theme while creating productive office spaces.
Design Insight - A Fine Balance
The design of this office responds to an emerging idea that moves beyond work/life balance to work/life integration where the work environment can be as comfortable as home; spaces where creative employees are happy to call their own.
Tuk-tuks, bikes, shipping containers, and boats - this space is inspired by global transportation methods.
Shopify employees are offered daily breakfast, lunch and dinner. The cafeteria and prep kitchen were important considerations.
Recreating stories from cities around the world - snapshots of café life, and other daily rituals.
Design Insight - Space for Everyone
Each floor has an assigned ‘home’ workstation, however, within a nonhierarchical office landscape, choice and control over where work is done resides with each employee.
This theme brings together iconic Canadian motifs, materials, and references - wood, wildlife, and winter sports.
Design Insight - New Stairs
The original office building didn't feature circulation stairs. Concrete had to be blasted through to make room for a new stairway.
These stairs encourage staff to cross paths and create opportunities for accidental encounters.
This theme is inspired by all the creative hobbies that Shopify employees do to recharge and get their creative juices flowing.