2015 Premier's Awards for Excellence in Design
Award of Excellence
Both the challenge and the opportunity of Project Nextus was tasking a group of creatives with designing their own future workplace. The design team undertook an extensive engagement process which included design charrettes, surveys, furniture testing, and interim reviews to ensure clear communication and positive outcomes for the project. Out of the process came the main design concept to “Practice What We Preach” by focussing on the themes of Context, Collaboration and Sustainability.
The main element of the design solution is a parametric perforated steel ribbon that acts as a focal point and connects the two levels of the workplace. The ribbon is an acoustic absorber and screens the main mechanical distribution while morphing into a magnetic and writable surface for the meeting areas where it meets the ground.
Staff opted for a reduction in personal workstation space in exchange for more collaborative areas. The plan balances open studios with focus rooms and a variety of shared meeting zones of different scales and functions. The studios are supplemented by floor to ceiling “Process Walls” which are both writable and magnetic creating opportunities for display and collaboration.
The layout of the space also applies principles of active design by placing the social spaces in the middle of the plan with surrounding studio space. The kitchen, print area and “living room” act as social condensers where staff working in different studios interact, creating opportunities for spontaneous collaboration while reinforcing positive workplace culture.
Project Nextus is seeking LEED platinum certification and strives to set the standard for healthy and empowering workplace design in the province.
“An amazing example of the design process in action that is fulfilled in a truly collaborative and fun environment that encourages interaction through layout, finishes, furniture and space.”
Award of Merit
Refuel Restaurant & Lounge
“Clever re-purposing of old aircraft parts and use of warm natural finishes and texture provides a great stopping point along your journey at the airport.”
Award of Merit
The Capitol, Regina SK
"It is rare to see that level of attention to detail, quality, and consistency to a cohesive experience in a restaurant project in Saskatchewan”
PWC - Price Waterhouse Coopers, Saskatoon Corporate Office Relocation