To focus attention on the reception desk, a soffit, which appears to float beneath the ceiling, extends along the corridor and wraps behind the reception desk. The soffit is covered with a wood wallpaper, which helps accentuate its square-edged form.
Behind the reception desk, a translucent Plexiglass wall is both a light source and a backdrop for television monitors. The desk itself features a live-edge walnut top and cream-painted surfaces, the millwork intersecting to create a sophisticated two-tone, sculptural effect a theme repeated elsewhere in the fit-out. A suspended box accommodating television monitors is another strong design element.
The lack of natural light was overcome by diffuse lighting, designed to resemble high, narrow windows. These appear in several places in the office, including a side wall in the reception seating area. Red, back-painted glass walls help reflect the light and enhance a sense of translucency.
"The glass is not totally opaque, which gives the sense of something happening beyond the walls," says Sachs.
The strong, graphic elements introduced in the lobby and reception areas continue in the file room. Existing banks of file cabinets are now separated by colourful flooring and a row of hay stools.
"We chose to have a little fun with the flooring and the shapes in this area," says Sachs. "As it is such a long room, the changes in colour create a sense of procession a feeling of moving through a tunnel to the other end."