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A Living Lab for Cisco's Internet of Everything

Cisco Systems Canada Headquarters
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

As one of Cisco’s most technologically advanced offices, this new downtown Toronto headquarters functions as a living laboratory for Cisco’s Internet of Everything (IoE), as well as a showroom for its clients.

Located within the new RBC WaterPark Place building, Toronto’s first LEED Core and Shell Platinum certified office building, Cisco Canada’s headquarters accommodate nearly 900 Cisco employees and is located within walking distance of the downtown core and several transit modes.

The Cisco-branded environments highlight the company’s commitment to innovation and leadership in providing integrated technologies. A client briefing center and innovation center showcase Cisco’s new collaboration technology products.

Intelligent building systems link Cisco’s people, processes and data on a single network, enabling drastic improvements to employee workflow. The smart, connected building infrastructure supports a “free address” approach in the workplace. Instead of having an assigned seat, employees have flexibility to select a workspace that supports their activities and needs when they arrive for the day. Once at a workstation, their smart devices link with their computers. They can adjust personal comfort settings for lighting and temperature within established ranges.

A 2.6:1 ratio of individual workstations encourages Cisco’s people to use technology to work remotely and in team areas. To spur spontaneous interaction, the design provides a variety of places for employees to come together and collaborate. Writing surfaces and video screens throughout the office support this approach.

Smart meeting rooms adjust for the number of participants, with intelligent sensors monitoring and changing the temperature, lighting and ventilation as needed.

With fewer desks but more meeting areas and amenities, space is used more efficiently than in a typical office. In addition to creating a better employee experience and enhancing productivity, Cisco’s new workplace uses less energy and reduces building management costs.


110,000 sq. ft. / 10,220 sq. m.


Facility Programming
Graphic Design
Interior Design
Master Planning


CaGBC Toronto – Innovation Awards, Commercial Interiors

ASID NYU/CE Design Competition – Commercial Category, First Place

CoreNet Global Canadian Chapter – REmmy Award, Workplace Over 20,000 Square Feet


23 February 2015
“A Living Lab: Cisco’s New Canadian HQ Is a Lesson in Smart Technology”
Financial Post

15 June 2015
“The Future of Workplace Wellness”
Cisco News

4 December 2015
“CoreNet Global Names Three HOK Projects as Most Innovative Workplaces in Canada”
HOK News