Employees can choose from a menu of meeting rooms at this bakery turned software office

Employees can choose from a menu of meeting rooms at this bakery turned software office

Softchoice is a lively company that makes the wellbeing of their staff a top priority and seeks to foster a collaborative environment for engaged happy employees. Their renovation focused on improving workspace collaboration for a progressive, mixed demographic and generational mosaic workforce.

Interior Designer: Cara McBride, ARIDO

Design Firm: Savills

Photographer: Bob Gundu

Originally, the turn of the century building housed a bakery, which created a few limitations in terms of plumbing connections, electrical distribution, and existing structural components. The design team worked around these elements, integrating them by adding to the texture and nostalgia of what used to be.

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Photographer: Bob Gundu

The existing high ceilings held up by rustic steel columns, along with wooden slat floors, old arched windows, and walls with paint remnants and a natural patina made up a beautiful, aged canvas on which to work.

Employees have the use of a variety of meeting spaces, including quiet rooms, soundproof booths, Lego wall meeting rooms, medium to large meeting rooms, the largest of which seamlessly becomes a vast conference room where Softchoice hosts their famed ‘Orange Nation’ teleconference.  Meeting rooms are also equipped with smart technology to ease communication among teams and support the flexible work environment. Moreover, as a dog-friendly company, surfaces and areas accommodate many furry friends.

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Photographer: Bob Gundu

Sustainability is at the forefront of Softchoice's vision and the project included several ecological initiatives, including a restorative build project for their space, integrating LED lighting throughout, and waste management programs. Greenery was also incorporated into the design, from a green planter wall to power poles with integrated planters.

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Photographer: Bob Gundu

Design motifs include inspiration from exotic fruit peeling back the layers, rustic versus modern space and technology, green living spaces, comic books, amusement parks and fantasy places.

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Photographer: Bob Gundu

To account for future needs and changes, the design team used smart compression, where employees can work from anywhere, not just anywhere in the office, in ways that are unique as them.

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Photographer: Bob Gundu

All in all, this project moved smoothly with a great vision, communication and coordination between all parties involved including the design and consulting team, client representatives and Construction Manager.

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