Open concept office fosters open-minded thinking at this global science charity

Open concept office fosters open-minded thinking at this global science charity

CIFAR needed a tailored, activity-based solution for a transition from a closed work environment to an open concept workspace to increase discussions and collaboration. CIFAR is a Canadian-based, global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address science and humanity’s most important questions.

Interior Designer: Guy Painchaud, ARIDO

Design Firm: iN Studio

Design Team: Rosemary Ratkaj, ARIDO

Access to research material, maximize natural light, and allow for changes in technology were also identified as priorities. The design team developed their concept around the clean open shell of the MaRS office space with three sides of 13 ft tall exterior glazing, dotting open concept lounges around the perimeter. At the centre of the space, the team placed a café with various seating options, and pantry storage, as a vital collaboration hub.

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