Congratulations to all the winners for the ARIDO Awards 2018. I am honoured to photograph these exceptionally designed spaces with you.
Transit City Condos is part of a new development in Vaughan. Designed by figure3, the interiors uses restrained luxury as guiding principle and cleverly mixes richness of materials with a play on proportions to envelop visitors in an experience of luxury without using opulence. See more detail of the project here.
UM Mediabrands Canada is an agency office designed by figure3. The crisp reception features a back wall with dynamically angled fins that change angle slightly between each individual pieces. The large red UM 3-dimensional logo is an uniformly finished storage that also features drawers filled with candies on the reverse side. Raw wood in boardroom and cafe area brings the natural, organic, and warm surface set against the crisp modern design. At the end of the space, a breakout corner with riser style seating provides flexibility to hold town hall meeting at the cafe or larger group brainstorm session.
Initiative Toronto is part of the new IPG Mediabrands office space in the Waterpark Place. The young, energetic, and creative work style requires varying type of workspaces for the staff and clients. figure3 designed a space that is imaginative, fun, relaxed, and sophisticated all at the same time representing the brand and culture perfectly.
AVIVA Canada's Toronto Office at the First Canadian Place is designed by figure3 and features furniture by Brigholme. The office design offers a central hub of meeting rooms with a shared breakout area. It is equipped with a cafe style servery and windy lounge furniture for casual meetings and touch-downs use. The large sliding doors can enclose the meeting block or open up for town hall gatherings.
Large environmental graphics adorn the core walls while small meeting rooms with bold wall graphic and blue glass sidelights provide some visual connection through the space and features fun bold names such as: The Judgement Room."
AVIVA Canada, digital garage division in the First Canadian Place - designed by figure3. The cutting edge division has partnered with Ryerson’s DMZ business incubator to provide ahead of the game digital solutions to their customers. It is definitely a space buzzing with energy and innovation and a fun space to photograph.
See the Toronto Life article here.
Southside Gramercy Park by Malibu, designed by figure3. Making a house a home is all about the details; the finishes, features and the quality of the design. At Gramercy Park every suite is a home to be proud of.
La Maison Simons opened its first store in Ontario at the Square One Shopping Centre earlier in the spring. Ontarians can finally experience exciting and fun Simons stores along with the rest of Canada. Customers can now shop its fashion-forward and unique selections in person that cater to wide range of needs. Designed by figure3 and Lemay Michaud, fun design features include deconstructed loom with yarns can be experienced at the young girl's department twik. More design features can be found in the Canadian Interiors article.
Go for a visit, you will surely be greeted by a sense of wonder and top notch service by the unique Simons store experience.
Concord CityPlace - Quartz designed by figure3. The space is design forward and timelessly modern. Interior and exterior spaces transition seamlessly to maximize views, and surprising visual elements can be found around every corner. The lobby also features faceted connections by Eventscape.
Some renderings for fun comparisons.
A video to showcase the modular displays for flexible merchandising and shop configuration.
The Penguin Shop is designed by figure3. The task was to design an instagram-friendly retail space in a footprint of just 158sf. figure3 set to work creating a shop that fosters a sense of discovery, wonder and visual delight.
The little Penguin Shop captured the imagination as soon as the doors opened and it ignited media interest both nationally and internationally. Crucially, Penguin’s audience from the merely curious to the super-fan have flocked to the shop and shared their shopping excursions across social media.
Go for a visit, it will make you smile!
figure3 designed this newswire's office located at one of the top floors of WaterPark Place. The reception area features a copper screen that wraps as a floating ceiling into the divider screen between the board room and the reception desk. The design draws inspiration from the ticker tape which were used to carry digital messages prior to computers. Eventscape helped turn this vision into the impressively warm and organic element that envelops visitors as they enter the space. Being on such a high floor facing the lake grants breathtaking views inside the alluring board room where one is always inspired by our beautiful waterfront off in the distance. Custom designed environmental graphics were used to inspire and communicate the corporate value.
Scalar office, designed by figure3, features a cool and sophisticated space with light penetration between spaces. In the workspace, flexible and varied settings cater to different work style needs and enable convenient collaboration points. The large cafe + servery features sliding doors that open up completely to transform into a large space for town hall gathering.
Bain & Company's Toronto office was recently completed. It mixes modern corporate interior with fun and edgy features in the stairwell and staff lounge. It was such a pleasure to photograph, we could feel the energy and collaborative spirit in the office indeed - which explains why it is voted as the best place to work consistently!