Located in the heart of Ontario’s capital, Bank of Canada traces its heritage back to 1938, when the Bank’s head office was first built on 234 Wellington Street. Employing the traditional architectural style for banks around the time of the Depression, 234 Wellington conveyed solidity and rigidity with its granite construction. In the 1970's, an atrium and two modern glass towers designed by Arthur Erickson were added to complement and encircle Bank of Canada’s original office. Today, Bank of Canada is recognized for its unique architectural elements, balancing modern and classical styles, with a mixture of granite, steel, glass and concrete.
Recognizing the need to bring the interior of Erickson’s towers up to speed with the contemporary pace of work, Bank of Canada teamed up with architecture and design firm, Perkins + Will, and Knoll Dealer, Burovision Ottawa. Knoll has an understanding of how to honor and surface a rich heritage. The history and passion of Knoll paralleled the Bank's vision of how they wanted the new interior to look and feel - a perfect blend of new and old with a lasting aesthetic.
Eager to bridge the gap between the past and the present, Bank of Canada had an inventory of fifteen-hundred Cesca chairs which they wanted to keep to reflect Erickson’s original interior. Burovision refurbished the iconic pieces with KnollTextiles and incorporated them into the renovation across multiple floors and breakout spaces.
Bank of Canada understood what a privilege it is to occupy these beautiful buildings, and their responsibility to maintain them.