Slack, the world’s fastest growing tech company in history, is a San Francisco based startup offering a revolutionary team communication app for business. After just a handful of years, the company had already opened ofﬁces around the globe including Vancouver, New York, Melbourne, London, and Dublin. Each ofﬁce occupies a former industrial building with interiors that honour the property’s legacy, renew its productivity, and reﬂect Slack’s values of empathy, solidarity, and craftsmanship.
For their Toronto location Slack sought to create an imaginative space that reﬂected their company culture and its relationship with craft and technology. Set in a former knitting and textile factory in the heart of downtown Toronto, three storeys within the interior of this mid-rise brick and beam building were redesigned to meet all the needs of a twenty-ﬁrst century tech company, inspired both by the building’s heritage and the company’s work culture.
The project team drew from a “threads of communication” concept using linear geometries throughout the space, such as continuous angular light ﬁxtures and coloured networking cables running through the length of the ofﬁce on the ceiling and walls. These enliven the space in an homage to the lines of yarn that were used in the mechanized knitting process, while also referencing the mmunication service of the messaging application itself. In the reception area, the design team worked with long-term collaborator Kathryn Walter of Felt Studio who wrapped diagonal strips of industrial felt along the walls and ceiling, creating a warm and inviting environment as soon as you step into the office.
A feature characteristic of the interior is the bold, contrasting pops of colour that demarcate distinct areas including solitary work stations, phone booths, break-out meeting rooms, a staff lounge and sleek executive boardroom. Each zone corresponds to a single colour that comprises Slack’s branding, reinforcing company identity while also providing visual interest and relief to the otherwise yellow tones of the brick and wood interiors. Meeting rooms are uniform yet each unique, owing to their bold and varied colour scheme.
Throughout, vibrantly coloured acoustic wall paneling matches textured carpeting and distinctive furniture pieces. The angular light ﬁxtures appear to thread through the ceiling, knitting workspaces and meeting rooms together. The large communal cafe picks up on the linear theme again with its white and wood diagonal slat ﬁ nish. The interiors are varied enough to meet the functional requirements of 140 employees, but they also bring a sense of continuity and community to the workplace. The result is a fresh take on an old space that is serious about work while offering a playful and comfortable space for its employees to succeed.
The elegant oak table by Vitra adds warmth to the executive boardroom. A dropped ceiling over the table conceals technical equipment for various teleconferencing functions, and provides greater acoustic performance. The same angular light ﬁxture threads through the room as an allusion to the continuous lines found throughout the office.
Breakout spaces in vivid colours are carved out of the central volume, for impromptu meetings and collaboration. These provide a contrast to the netural palette of the workstations, with automated sit-to-stand desks and chairs by Herman Miller.
The building perimeter features a series of lounges and meeting rooms, which are identiﬁed by textile names shown in the frosted privacy glass. Lounge spaces are informal and feature different furnishings for distinction, such as the Casalife chairs shown here and the Muuto light ﬁxture. Over the rest of the workstations, angled light ﬁxtures by Lumenwerx provide continuous illumination.
Meeting rooms are each coordinated around a different, bold colour. This room features a dark magenta carried through the Stylex chairs, Interface carpet, and Designtex acoustic wallcovering, which is offset by the whiteboard, Actiu meeting table edged in birch, and angled white light ﬁxtures by Lumenwerx.
The communal café functions as both a beverage station and a serving area for catered meals. For “all-hands” meetings, lounge chairs and tables by Actiu can be stacked and folded to make room for over one hundred employees.
Custom built-in benches and chairs by Normann Copenhagen are illuminated in the space by angular LED light ﬁxtures recessed into the ceiling. Another pegboard here adds to the playfulness of this employee lounge.
项目名称 / Project: SLACK TORONTO OFFICE
室内设计 / Interiors: Dubbeldam Architecture + Design
设计团队 / Project Team: Heather Dubbeldam, Scott Sampson, Andrew Snow
DUBBELDAM Architecture + Design is a Toronto based multi-disciplinary design studio recognized for creating innovative and environmentally responsible design solutions that are timeless and uniquely designed for each client and context. Founded by architect Heather Dubbeldam, the studio has grown to include a team of architects and designers from different backgrounds and disciplines. The studio’s design process is characterized by teamwork and intensive collaborative exchange, resulting in projects that reveal a conceptual clarity and are crafted with a meticulous attention to detail. Completed and current projects range from the design of single and multi- family housing, to commercial and institutional renovations, and includes landscape, furniture and installation design.
Each project is considered on a macro and micro scale, from the full extent of the site to the fine details on the interior. Our multidisciplinary approach considers every element as an integrated whole, ensuring that design activates every aspect of the final product. This generates built work that is both functional and elegant, simple without being austere, and designed with a heightened awareness of circulation, materiality and the integration of natural light. As a result, the studio has received numerous awards for design excellence and wide recognition in national and international.