The centre of each quadrant serves as an agora (a central public space in ancient Greek city-states), offering a more welcoming atmosphere that encourages people to gather.
A balcony effect is created naturally when we turn our gaze upward and outward.
Around the symbolic core of the common space, the rooms become smaller and more private.
Here, the grid structure serves as a framework for bringing together different worlds in a single ecosystem.
It is a large canvas that allows us to deploy creative territories and gives the visual impression that anything can be built, that we can integrate blocks, walls, new functions and new ideas as they appear.
This architectural metaphor also reminds us that everything is connected while free-floating in the air.
The original travertine floors were uncovered and enhanced in the renovation process, and the skylights were stripped to reveal their structure, several of which were also strategically enlarged.
Thanks to the linearity of the aerial grid, our gaze is led upward to the vast swaths of sky that were deliberately highlighted and made visible from most workstations.
The space is punctuated with multiple light fixtures by local lighting and design studio Lambert & Fils, while a series of rooms displaying strong and distinctive conceptual identities stands on the periphery of the main grid and agoras.
Created with the intent of providing inspiring environments for the firm’s teams, these spaces are ultimately immersion rooms for imaginative work.
Inspired by natural references and familiar textures, they embody, in a sense, the multiplicity of imaginations that come together at Sid Lee.
With the Biosquare, Sid Lee is bringing its entrepreneurial spirit to downtown Montreal and creating an accessible collaborative hub for the city’s creative and business communities, with the aim of helping novel ideas emerge, said Sid Lee co-founder Philippe Meunier.