white box instarAGF
location: toronto dominion centre (TD) - toronto, canada
type: corporate interior design
The office is located in one of the venerable iconic black steel towers designed by Mies Van De Rohe as part of his vision for the TD Center in downtown Toronto in the 1960‘s.
InstarAGF is the young infrastructure investment arm of AGF financial advisors. Their new office is located on the 34th floor of the venerable iconic black steel towers designed by Mies Van De Rohe. Surrounded by a Miesian sea of pristine black steel and glass, the concept was to create a dynamic, bright intervention, a white glowing box unlike any in the surrounding black towers. This was a response to the progressive, energetic, and venturous culture we discovered at InstarAGF.
Exiting the lift lobby, the front entrance greets visitors with white Statuario marble floors and full height feature walls, as well as a wall of polished white Venetian plaster for future artwork display.
The glass fronted offices follow the rigorous Miesian module and are held tight to the core. These moves, and the high gloss white epoxy flooring, create an open office that is light and airy by bringing reflections of the outside skies, and skyline, deep into the space. At night, the space gives off a white glow.
To create the glowing white box, all the main office surfaces were designed in white, oftentimes highly reflective finishes. Walnut and bronze accents are the only materials that vary from the white palette and offer relief to the otherwise relentless white box concept. The office was based on an open plan, but elements such as the new white ceiling grid, and building core wrapping offices tied rigorously into the Miesian structural and window grids. A wide plank 360 degree walnut sleeve-like enclosure in the board room is the only material that goes off the white palette grid and offers relief to the otherwise relentless white box concept, while creating a contrasting frame for the view of Lake Ontario.
A few other exceptions include the suite of CEO office custom designed furniture that feature a desk, credenza and coffee table. These pieces were designed and custom built in bronze, with white Calacatta marble tops and accents. The custom furniture was inspired by infrastructure projects and are set off with the Island Airport, one of InstarAGF’s first projects, as a background stage.