Relaxed contemporary office for this do-gooding development corporation

Relaxed contemporary office for this do-gooding development corporation

The Daniels Corporation is one of Canada’s largest and preeminent builder/developers of home and apartments, mixed-use communities, commercial, and retail spaces. Their newest development in Toronto, Daniels Waterfront: City of the Arts is located at 130 Queens Quay East.

This cultural hub overlooking Lake Ontario was the perfect move for Daniel's Head Office which had outgrown their dated premises in the downtown core. Ray Inc was engaged by The Daniels Corporation in 2015 in their full capacity of designing, sourcing and overseeing the build out and set up of the 30,000 square foot office space.

Ray Inc worked closely with Daniels to extract the unique work styles from each department while further enhancing collaboration and social interaction by creating personal workspaces, more efficient meeting space and social communal space all supported with state of the art technology.

All glass office fronts and low workstation panels provide natural daylight and extended views from the interior. Exposed ceilings were painted white and accented with angular grey and blue acoustic panels, taking cues from the angular shape of the building’s footprint.

This beachfront location gave inspiration to the design for the eco-friendly carpeting with patterns reminiscent of the tide. Brick veneer walls provide an “outdoor patio” backdrop to the live edge tables and locally sourced tank lights by Castor (repurposed fire extinguishers) in the communal lunchroom.

Charcoal metal, clear glass and natural cherry wood on the stair connects the 8th and 9th floor further enhancing collaboration between departments. Trickling water from the living wall in reception and water bottle stations throughout the floor speak to the wellness initiatives and overall relaxed company culture.

The source of this relaxed, health-promoting atmosphere? Developer “dude” Mitchell Cohen.

Cohen has led the company’s day-to-day operations since 1984, replacing founder John H. Daniels. A musician himself, Cohen’s art initiative has Daniels partnering with local arts groups to include galleries and studios in the City of the Arts development, with their ‘love of the arts’ on display in their own offices in various pieces pulled from the impressive art collection of Mr.Daniels.

This bright new space and thoughtful design elements have renewed the office's sense of energy and speaks to the value of the employee while further exhibiting the connections to the communities they serve.

Isabelle Talbot

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