BP wanted their offices to reflect the changing climate of their company. They wanted to attract a younger professional workforce with a non-corporate atmosphere that was unlike anything they had worked in before — not stuffy and slick. The goal was to create a showpiece that is comfortable to be in and a place that respects the patina and history of the building, which was a historic tax credit project.
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The resulting concept respected both the local area and unique space as well as the identity of Matches and the premium brands it stocks. Reclaimed timber flooring, raw steel tube fixtures and striking Barrisol-style lighting create an environment that’s visually inspiring yet commercially practical.
Collaboration between designers and clients is invigorated with an open and flexible Materials Library. Clients are able to select finishes off the sliding shelves while architects and designer can post drawings and sketches to the rolling steel doors, using magnets. What better way to showcase the firm’s final products than through the architecture and design of their own space.
With materials such as raw steel, resin, raw concrete, and glass, accented by custom furniture and light fixtures, the aesthetic is a sort of industrial chic. Artist Mike Jasorka provides his custom 50’s style comic book artwork throughout the coffee bar area contributing a sense of whimsy to the clean lines of the lobby.
A series of park benches and trees recalls the front stoop, allowing visitors to watch passers-by on the busy street outside, while large tables near the kitchen encourage communal dining. High tables and bar stools are clustered near the bar, while vibrant tiled tables and indoor plants add colour and detail to the space.