Vancouver and Waterloo research centres draw on unique local design
May 29, 2019
From West Coast beauty to a glimpse of Campus life, the inspiration behind our Vancouver and Waterloo Labs was for each office to have its own identity and proudly represent the city it inhabits. Our design partners, Lemay, were given full creative freedom to come up with interesting concepts that you wouldn’t normally find in a research centre.
Take a look at what we cooked up in the lab:
Vancouverites are known for being a laid-back crew, so we tried a more mellow approach to our interior design. After all, it’s impossible to improve upon the natural beauty of the West Coast landscape. Our Vancouver space was designed to evoke scenes of cozy ski lodges, wildlife and mountain climbs. There’s even a room modeled after the city’s favourite mode of transportation – the bicycle –which is the embodiment of high- and low-tech in perfect tandem.
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The main inspiration behind this research centre came from the institution that helped put the Kitchener-Waterloo corridor on the map: The University of Waterloo. With this theme in mind, we designed rooms to pay homage to campus life. There’s a student lounge, teacher’s lounge, science lab and track and field pitch. And what’s campus life without movies about campus life? When it came down to the decorative details, we honoured retro classics like Grease, The Breakfast Club and Teachers while acknowledging modern masterpieces like The Big Bang Theory.