The places of work that Montreal’s Ivy Studio has designed for digital promoting company Cardigan embrace a mesh-wrapped mezzanine and a “futuristic” basement inside a former financial institution constructing.
For Cardigan’s increasing group, Ivy Studio has renovated a stone constructing that was constructed as a financial institution in 1907, within the Rosemont space of Montreal.
The construction has had many makes use of, together with most lately a spiritual institution, and boasts loads of historic architectural particulars.
Whereas the higher ground is a residential apartment, Cardigan occupies 1,250 sq. toes (116 sq. metres) throughout the bottom and basement ranges – areas with very completely different ceiling heights and light-weight situations.
“One of many principal challenges of working with the constructing was the contrasting ceiling heights between every ground,” stated Ivy Studio. “This made the spacial blocking essential initially of the mission.”
To profit from the 16.5 foot (5 metres) clearance and abundance of pure gentle, all of the workstations are positioned on the bottom degree.
Nonetheless, the ground plate was not adequate to accommodate all 25 staff in addition to assembly rooms, so the studio took benefit of the ceiling peak and added a mezzanine.
This addition was positioned in a nook to keep away from blocking the arched home windows, and was painted completely white to intensify the brilliant and ethereal environment of the area.
The construction is constructed from perforated metal mesh, permitting gentle to enter the cellphone cubicles and assembly rooms tucked beneath, and a spot was left between the mesh and the glass partitions behind to create space for planters.
Extra workstations are positioned on prime of the mezzanine, which is curved at its nook. “The newly-built mezzanine construction interprets the curves of the prevailing area with out competing with them,” Ivy Studio stated.
To let much more gentle in, the boarded window arches have been reopened to their unique kind, whereas the parquet flooring was changed with pure oak to retain the heat.
In the meantime, within the basement, low ceiling heights and a scarcity of home windows referred to as for a completely contrasting technique.
“It’s a completely different universe of its personal,” stated Ivy Studio, which took a “futuristic, in your face” strategy to the sub-grade area.
This degree accommodates the loos, kitchen, lounge and storage, and options a mixture of plastered ceilings, ceramic partitions and epoxy flooring.
Within the kitchen, the entire surfaces are colored child blue, whereas the adjoining toilet block is totally gray.
Throughout the kitchen island, a round mirror faces a gap that is precisely the identical form and leads right into a room painted in orange.
“The areas are all monochromatic, to extend the visible impression of their intense colours but additionally assist camouflage the imperfections of the prevailing constructing,” stated Ivy Studio.
The workplace’s ranges are linked by two staircases: an older one constructed from wooden and a more moderen minimal design that emerges from beneath an arched portico.
Each are painted navy blue and are meant to mirror Cardigan’s contradicting “hard-working but playful values”.
Ivy Studio’s portfolio of initiatives in its residence metropolis spans from workspaces and eating places, to a spinning studio and a dry cleaners.
Just lately accomplished interiors by the agency embrace a inventive hub populated with pink and purple parts, and a renovated eatery that was broken in a hearth.
The pictures is by Alex Lesage.
Design and structure: Ivy Studio
Development: Group Manovra