Monday, May 30, 2011

Doors Open Toronto


This past weekend was Doors Open in Toronto and 150 buildings were open for tours. Due to other commitments I only had time for one tour but it was a winner. The offices of Stantec architects are located in a historically designated warehouse which had been the McGregor Sock factory since its construction in 1905. The timber post and beam building has been lovingly restored and transformed into a fabulous open concept office for 200 employees. This shot from the lobby area shows the folded steel staircase with a veil of 400 year old pine slats that were salvaged from an old wharf on the waterfront. I love these old factories!

8 comments:

Kitty said...

very nice!
I like the idea of conservation. The hardware on the timbers looks cool.
200 people is huge for an architecture firm. They must do large scale work.

LĂșcia said...

I thinks it's amazing the ability to transform and adapt the buildings Canadians architects have!
You've shown us very cool places. ;-)

Regina K said...

What a fun event! I don't think Kansas City has anything like this. We have home tours, garden tours and loft tours but not building tours.

Randy said...

Nice design.

Jack said...

Tours like this are fun. It is quite a creative space, which we should probably expect from a prominent architecture firm.

EG Wow said...

OH! I would have LOVED to see this in person!

Anonymous said...

great photo and stunning transformation. it seems that only design or architecture firms spend this high design effort on their workplace. thanks redpat

VioletSky said...

This is cool. There were too many choices, and this was not on my list this year, so glad you included itr.