Air Canada Office Fit-Up, Toronto, Ontario
Air Canada retained Architecture49 to create a fresh new office concept for their expansion requirements at the 2 Queen Street East office tower in downtown Toronto. AC already occupied the full 10th floor, and recently the 11th floor became available to provide additional space for a large number of new staff relocating from Montreal.
The occupants are primarily from their marketing branch, thus a design was created to provide a creative and innovative environment. A dramatic central “street” links the North and South sides of the floor and features a subtle Air Canada branded reception area and meeting room, a coffee bar for staff and guests, media wall, and a large lunchroom with a variety of seating configurations including traditional table layouts, banquettes, pods, bar stools and a casual seating area.
The layout provides some traditional enclosed offices, one in each exterior corner of the floor plate and 9 around the core, as well as “studio” type spaces such as Think Tanks, open concept desking and collaboration areas. A large Product Innovation Room is positioned adjacent to the Reception area with a glass Display Wall to showcase AC products.
The design takes advantage of the spectacular city views and daylight available through the floor to ceiling glass walls. Offices and enclosed rooms are positioned inbound and close to the core as much as possible but given walls of glass facing the exterior windows. The majority of the 25,000 square feet floor plate perimeter is given to the open space occupied by 89 low partition workstations, giving all of the occupants access to natural light.