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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Saatchi & Saatchi Toronto, Canada by Inger Bartlett

May 1st, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Bartlett & Associates

Saatchi & Saatchi sought a new energy and branding through design for its Toronto office – one of 86 globally. Objectives were the creation of a global ad brand with local character, encouraging teamwork and reinforcing Saatchi community. The project, inspired by The Saatchi Gallery of Contemporary Art in London, showcases how design icons can be interwoven into a powerful statement on a tight budget.

Saatchi Toronto boardroom2

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  • Architects: Inger Bartlett
  • Project: Saatchi & Saatchi Toronto
  • Location: Toronto, Canada

Saatchi Toronto boardroom

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Unique branding appears in the loft-style space unexpectedly encountered in a standard office tower. Visitors enter a large Reception area defined by curving mesh space frames. A metal sculpture of a deer head grounds “Made in Canada” character, emphasized by rough wooden slats. Dogwood branches soften the urban cityscape outside and provide textural contrast to the mesh screening.

Saatchi Toronto Eames chairs in reception lobby

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The exhibition space is defined by scaffolding structures (associated with architectural creation) that are also the backbone of custom-designed workstations.

The layout encourages collaboration and teamwork, allows impromptu meetings, and imparts a hip energy, while the ample Reception area reinforces the power of Saatchi and provides room for staff meetings, client receptions and weekly informal socializing that reinforces community. The Boardroom provides seating for 20 for pitches and is a haven for creative group thinking.

Saatchi Toronto reception lobby

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Iconic references appear in the integrated exhibition and work space — Eames, Wegner and Saarinen pieces; references to Canadian wilderness; and signature Saatchi elements such as the Lovemark captured in a red Vitra chair. The white loft space provides a stage-like backdrop for layering.

Saatchi Toronto Lovemark chair in recpetion

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Design elements provide unity between the interior and the furniture. The rough walnut slats (in keeping with the informal scaffolding) in Reception reappear as workstation veneers, in wall paneling and tables in the Breakout rooms, and in the Boardroom doors. Walnut is revisited as moulded plywood in the Eames and Wegner chairs.

Saatchi Toronto metal deer head behind reception

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Saatchi Toronto scaffolding workstations

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Saatchi Toronto Isometric

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