This commercial mixed-use building is home to Calgary Co-op’s corporate headquarters. In addition to office space, the building includes commercial retail units, financial services, and a Co-op food store. Outwardly, the architecture expresses the division of uses, providing separate access points for different user groups.
The sloped site presented a design challenge that we worked to our client’s advantage. The sloped site allowed us to create separate access points for different user groups; parking is correspondingly grouped according to building use.
The design takes advantage of the slope to maximize the retail potential of the site’s main lower level, while the office component is accessed from the upper level.
The overall design of the building reflects the various user groups, while following a unified appearance that conveys the Co-op corporate identity.
With this project, Co-op was able to consolidate all departments under one roof. It was therefore important that the interior design express the Co-op corporate brand in a stimulating work environment.
The design integrates elements drawn from the Client’s brand and marketing images to create a workplace expressing the values and philosophy of Calgary Co-op. Bold reds and blues – Co-op’s corporate colours – pop against earth tone tile and wood accents.
The interior is partitioned for a combination of open concept workspaces, meeting rooms, private offices, and staff amenities. Interior glass partitions help create continuity of space and light.
Spatial planning and furniture selection was carried out with the end goal of increasing the productivity and efficiency of the client’s workforce.