Designing for function

Designing for function

This state-of-the-art incubator space allows end-users the flexibility to instantly transform their environment to adapt to the ‘Scrum’ process, a workflow often used by software development teams.

Interior Designer: Annie Bergeron, ARIDO

Design Team: Filo Costa, ARIDO

Design Firm: Gensler

Project Photographer: Tom Arban

Located in the epicentre of Canada’s research and technology hub, Kitchener-Waterloo, this global financial services firm trusted the design team with devising a cutting-edge incubator space to support their new business group and attract and retain top talent in a highly competitive market.

Challenged to meet strict budget expectations, the design celebrates a raw, unfinished aesthetic while providing enough variety to invite face-to-face interactions that spark innovation.

The work environment is comprised of a vast area of desks, six scrum rooms that can be reconfigured into three generous workspaces, an assortment of tech-supported formal and informal meeting rooms, multiple shared offices, phone rooms, and collaborative lounges.

The back-of-office area features several amenities including shower rooms, barrier-free washrooms and a wellness room, while two spaces for employees: “the diner” with a unique, sculptural light fixture at the front entrance, and “the garage” at the back entrance.

The resulting design is a workplace that supports the specific way of working at this company, with meeting scrum rooms and spaces for focused work, promoting employee wellness, and highly equipped with a variety of tools that software development teams need.