Ivy Studio converts historic financial institution constructing into places of work for Montreal advert company

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.

Ivy Studio inserted a metal mesh mezzanine contained in the historic financial institution constructing to supply extra area

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.

Steel mesh partitions beside an oak staircase and counter
The mesh was painted white to intensify the brilliant and ethereal really feel within the workplace area

“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.

Glass-walled phone booth behind steel mesh
Underneath the mezzanine sit a number of cellphone cubicles and assembly rooms

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.

Large arched windows in office space
Throughout the renovation, the constructing’s massive arched home windows have been totally uncovered to let in additional gentle

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.

Baby blue kitchen with orange portal on one side and mirror on the other
Within the windowless basement, a contrasting “futuristic” aesthetic was chosen

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.

Blue kitchen with orange room beyond
The areas are colour-blocked to intensify their visible impression

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.

Baby blue kitchen with stainless steel island and backsplash
Child blue and stainless-steel cowl the kitchen

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”.

Bathroom with grey tiles viewed from blue room
The adjoining toilet is executed completely in gray

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.

Undertaking credit:

Design and structure: Ivy Studio
Development: Group Manovra