Kaprielian Verhiel Architects Inc. This month one of our largest office space projects opened its doors in Liberty Village. Once the home of the Canada Bread Factory and before that Dyson Tool & Dye, the facility backed 65 million loaves of bread at its peak. As industrial uses started to diminish in the area, the building with such rich history had to close its doors in 2012. Recently it has been given a new life and repurposed into a new office building by Adgar Investments and Developments.
The appeal of a neighborhood with large office spaces with an industrial feel drew Vena Solutions’ rapidly expanding business to 2 Fraser Avenue. With Kave architects’ experience and portfolio in renovation and repurposing existing buildings, we were hired to do a full interior design and interior fit out of the office space.
The design aimed at preserving the warehouse and industrial appeal of the building that originally drew the client’s attention to the space. Kave envisioned a space with exposed steel, wood flooring and finished, graffiti walls and exposed existing brick, all of which would maintain the rustic appeal of the space. Minimalistic fixtures like bright linear lighting strips were integrated throughout the design to bring all the elements together into a modern setting. By mixing the rustic charm of the building with modern elements and sleek black kitchens and accents the space adopted a new funky design style that broke up the space into interesting nodes where staff can interact privately and host more public meetings.
The front entry is on a central access to the main avenue space and opens directly to the main reception desk which starts a theme of barn board finishes in the space. As you look to your right a grand glass boardroom catches your eye, which features a beautiful live edge main and side tables command the space.
There are multiple types of spaces that allow for different types of interaction. The couches in front of the backdrop of the barn board create a casual hang out space for conversation. The bright meeting rooms with large windows and clean glass partitions allow for a more modern space to host meetings. Overall the spaces together create a work environment for the employees that is as fun and interesting as their own home.
The front entry is on a central access to the main avenue space and opens directly to the main reception desk which starts a theme of barn board finishes in the space. As you look to your right a grand glass boardroom catches your eye, which features a beautiful live edge main and side tables which command the space.
The main office space is a grand open space. The repetition of the existing black steel trusses creates a rhythm that is mimicked in the vast symmetrical array of desks and rows of linear lighting. The result is a large office space with the capacity for a large company that also promotes communication between co-workers through its increased sight-lines and open feel. Natural light floods from the large amount of windows on either side of the building allowing the space to be very bright thanks to its lack of partitions.
The large space maintains sight lines while housing meeting spaces and open boardrooms that give opportunities for the workers to hold private meetings while keeping the space open through its lack of visual barriers.
As the open office space opens to the north the main washrooms and staff entry can be seen, where on the south several glass meeting rooms allow your view to follow through the entire space and see the main kitchen and gorgeous mezzanine space.
The mezzanine is second grand open space in the design with lower boardrooms and phone booths which carry the glass and barn board material palettes into this space. As you move up the stairs a casual feel to the space takes over with a large cafeteria, two kitchens and games area situated to enjoy your breaks and grab a coffee at one of the fully designed millwork pieces in the space.
The finished result creates a unique style that holds true to the history of the industrial heritage of the building while adding a contemporary office style.