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Workspace of the Week: Inside Architecture Firm BDP Quadrangle’s New Downtown Toronto Studio
August 31, 2023 | In The News
In early 2019, U.K.-based architecture firm BDP merged with Toronto’s architecture and interior design practice Quadrangle. The new entity, BDP Quadrangle, needed a larger space for the growing team and decided to take over two floors inside The Well—a downtown Toronto building that boasts office, residential and retail spaces. They were just in the process of designing the new office when Covid hit.
While work-from-home orders were a logistical challenge for many businesses, it gave BDP Quadrangle more time to design their workspace for a post-pandemic reality. “It went from being a place that people would be coming into every day to being one that’s all about hybrid work,” says Caroline Robbie, principal at BDP Quadrangle. In an effort to create a more comfortable and inspiring space for its 230 employees, the firm—which works on various architectural projects across residential, workplace, retail and transit—designed an office with collaboration, flexibility and wellness in mind. “We understood it needed to be a meaningful space that people wanted to come to because it inspires and energizes,” says Andrea McCann, associate and lead interior designer of the new workspace.