When Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc., (HOK) considered renovating its Canadian headquarters in Toronto, the firm sought to create an environment that would be comfortable and healthy, showcase sustainable design strategies, promote teamwork, and provide flexibility for future growth. The result: a clean, light-filled space with the open feeling of a studio environment but the structural organization of a professional workplace.
The combination of Knoll AutoStrada® spine walls, Reff® panels, Currents® freestanding desks, and Life® task chairs contributed to HOK's receiving LEED® Gold accreditation for Commercial Interiors. In addition, the versatility of each component— they are lightweight, often with castors—permits easy reconfiguration to different purposes. Upstart® privacy screens conserve space and create a sense of privacy, while simultaneously contributing to the overall aesthetic of the space. The Harry Bertoia Diamond Lounge chair and Eero Saarinen side table are also incorporated elegantly into the general design. Finally, a detail of the frameless glass add-up to the AS-1 spine wall articulates a strong sense of geometry.