HOK’s New Toronto Office Is Featured in Azure Magazine and Wins ARIDO Award
After 18 years in Toronto, HOK has moved into new space that Azure calls “a model of organization” with “a warm and inviting face.”
“One of the most impressive features of HOK’s newest office is what you don’t see. Although the international architecture firm’s Toronto outpost has been up and running for half a year, the space is almost entirely free from clutter. It’s the product of HOK’s extensive experience making corporate workspaces (it’s the second-largest interior design firm on the continent), coupled with the company’s familiarity with its own processes and needs. The result is a space of remarkable efficiency.
“When HOK assumed control of the space, which fills the 22nd floor of a 1971 tower in the heart of Toronto, it was a bare interior, allowing the firm to design their new home on a blank slate.”
“Hospitable touches are layered over no-nonsense desking from InScape. The interior houses only two private offices, for the director of finance and the senior human resources manager; all other employees work at banks of desks.”
“This streamlined approach to desking has allowed the firm to reduce the size of their office from 1,860 square metres to 1,485, even while gaining about a dozen employees. The seeming paradox is explained by a simple re-prioritization of collaboration spaces: before the move, desks took up the lion’s share of space, while in the new office desks are minimized and breakout spaces are brought to the forefront. An unusual floorplan left HOK with many oblique corners perfect for creating zones for reclining with a laptop, taking a break or holding a private tête-à-tête (in one of the meeting and teleconferencing rooms) without disturbing the neighbours – all offering exquisite views of the city.”
HOK’s Toronto office project won a 2015 ARIDO Award of Merit, with judges calling it “a timeless professional workplace that is technologically advanced, providing employees a range of choices of work and collaboration areas.”
See more images of the Toronto office on HOK’s Flickr channel.