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11 December 2015

The Architect’s Newspaper Features HOK’s New Office Space in Toronto

HOK's Toronto practice

Designing new space for the firm’s Toronto office enabled HOK’s team to experience the virtues of the “new workspace” that it extols to clients firsthand.

“HOK selected the 22nd floor of a 1971 downtown tower with 360-degree views overlooking City Hall. The existing space was in good condition, but had been stripped bare, so the firm had flexibility to create a new space inside the shell.”

“After surveying their staff and holding many meetings, Q&A sessions and designing multiple iterations, the solution was an open, circular 1,485-sq.-m. office with ample nooks and spaces for working privately and a unique, flexible desk system for the location’s 110 employees. … Integrated technology throughout makes it simple to pick up and move around the office as needed. As a result, even though the new office is slightly smaller than the previous one, and they’ve added new staff in the past six months, the office feels spacious.”

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“The firm opted to retain a loft-like environment even though the building is not brick and beam. Exposed ceilings in the main areas increase spatial volume, while dropped ceilings in conference rooms promote a sense of intimacy and offer better acoustics. The two private offices and conference rooms are clustered in the center of the layout so that all employees can enjoy being near the windows and have equal access to natural light. … Seamlessly alternating between ‘public’ and ‘private’ spaces creates a continuous flow and puts clients and employees alike at ease.”

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“Safe to say that six months in, the firm stands by their ideal workspace philosophy.”

The Architect’s Newspaper