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Think Tank Office

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Think Tank Office

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Client: Withheld

Scale: 2500sqft (240sqmt)

Budget: Withheld

Type: Commercial, office

Location: Toronto, Canada

The Think Tank Office is a hybrid typology of form, function, and finance. The client, a visionary investor, wanted a potent tower space that would inspire his team creatively and advance their productivity—a “workshop in the sky.” Moreover, the client’s vision entailed an additionally ambitious requirement: maximizing the space so that it could accommodate a greater number of people than other downtown offices typically do.
 
Located in the heart of Toronto’s financial district on the 37th floor of the iconic Mies van der Rohe TD Tower, the storied space provided an inspiring framework in which to insert another ambitious architectural narrative.
 
An undulating waffle of Russian Baltic Birch plywood surfaces delineate the open-concept central studio space from a series of private offices, boardrooms, kitchen, and lounges along its edges. The resulting space is literally a hedge of plywood enveloping an abstracted volume: the think tank. The continuous and flowing forms and materials dissolve the edges of the office layout, while an abundance of glass walls makes the otherwise tighter spaces feel open and generous. In true egalitarian fashion, every 50 square-foot private office is a “corner office,” each with a striking panoramic view of downtown Toronto.
 
By questioning and rethinking the conventional office design, the 2300 square-foot think tank successfully accommodates 40 people—more than double the average square area per employee. Thus, this project also served as a case study: financial payback can be achieved through better design.  

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