Blackburn Young Office Solutions
When the tenant next door moved out, Blackburn Young Office Solutions decided to take over the additional space, allowing the Knoll dealer to expand its prime ground-level location in the heart of Vancouver’s business district. Designed by Kenna Manley at SSDG Interiors, the 6,500-square-foot showroom gives clients a first-hand look at how an eclectic mix of best-in-class products can create informal collaborative spaces that appeal to a multigenerational workforce.
The Perfect Location
With large windows onto a street just steps away from Burrard Skytrain station, Blackburn Young Office Solutions was perfectly situated to grab the attention of passers-by. But as the staff grew, it needed more room, which meant either finding a new location or taking additional space on a different floor in the same building. Neither option was ideal. The former meant giving up a desirable location; the latter meant dividing the team. On the very day the business decided to sign a lease on a higher floor, the next-door tenant decided to vacate, giving Blackburn Young the opportunity to stay in its location, have more windows and access to a back patio, keep the team together and renovate the expanded space into a next-level workplace.
Boosting Productivity by Design
Changes in topography create an engaging work environment, while the use of highly contrasting materials helps to increase concentration. The space is divided in a variety of ways to allow for different levels of visual and acoustical privacy, including fixed construction, modular walls, as well as architectural applications, including FilzFelt Matrix Hanging Panels, whose circular pattern transitions from highly perforated at the top, allowing light to pass through, to opaque below, providing privacy. Other furniture components such as Rockwell Unscripted Creative Wall, Puffy Screens and Telly Screens define private breakout spaces in the more open-plan areas.
Attention to comfort, ergonomics, and technological support carries over to the Dividend Horizon workstations with low privacy panels, where employees sit on an array of task seating, including Life, Generation by Knoll, ReGeneration by Knoll, Remix and k. Task.
The range of different work environments—from a workstation suited to heads-down work to a lounge-like atmosphere conducive to conversations over coffee—has inspired clients and design partners alike.