Vigilant Global, a research, development and information technology company, mandated Provencher Roy to redesign its offices in Montreal. LumiGroup, a key collaborator in lighting for the project assisted the interior designers to enhance each room with lighting adapted for a refined, modern and dynamic environment.
Well-being and comfort
Vigilant required a new office space that was modern, ‘cool’ and refined. The company wanted to ensure it felt like a tech office but was also warm and inviting. To achieve these goals, the concept included strong black lines, careful use of patterning, wood features throughout, and a refined palette of accent colours.
The result includes elements of fun but they are carefully introduced so the final effect remains mature.
“As designers, we were fortunate to work with a client that put a lot of focus on employee wellbeing and the quality of the finished space. Design was a priority alongside significant electromechanical, IT, and AV requirements and the result is a space that we and the client are proud of,” says Anna Westlund, partner and interior designer at Provencher Roy.
The office is used only by employees, so the interior needed to be impressive and appealing to potential new recruits and support the health and productivity of staff. Flexibility and a balance between areas for focused work, collaboration and break times were a priority. The new layout promotes all these aspects with elegance and modernity.
Wood, warmth and refinement
Coming out of the elevator, the natural colour of the wood juxtaposed with black steel sets the tone. On the floor, walls and ceilings, smooth or rough, pale or dark, the wood intrudes continually adding comfort to the space. A set of thin slats elegantly dresses the ceilings of the conference rooms and office spaces, and lighting from a.light, integrated with the same linearity, contrasts and energises the whole space. Warm decorative lighting from Luceplan, Anglepoise and Absolux permeates the offices and the common areas, including the kitchen, bar area, lounge, cafeteria, and game room.
Design and corporate culture: collaborative spaces
The spaces reflect the company’s culture. Encouraging communication between employees, the workspaces are multifunctional and stimulate creativity. Rest areas, collaborative spaces and entertainment venues are set up in several locations, allowing for different ways of working. Modular rooms host one-off or recurring events.
The open and closed spaces were designed using moveable walls, moveable furniture, and sit-stand workstations, allowing reconfiguration for various open and closed spaces. Every floor includes spaces that support these different modes of being in the office. With employee health a priority for Vigilant, access to natural light was ensured for all workers by using demountable glass partitions. Acoustic treatments were carefully applied in open areas to limit the intrusion of noise.
Dynamic, ambient and functional lighting
The lighting design for the project was complex. With so many dissimilar spaces that support diverse tasks the goal was to create different moods with different lighting schemes, rather than a uniform distribution with the same lighting levels throughout. The design was achieved through careful fixture selection to support the function and concept in each zone and adjustments based on a detailed lighting model.
The lighting reads as dynamic and purposeful, with a mixture of decorative fixtures for café and lounge spaces and streamlined ambient and task lighting for offices and laboratories. Lighting was also carefully considered to complement audio-visual requirements in meeting rooms, videoconference rooms and multi-purpose spaces. LumiGroup was able to offer a variety of modern and specialised lighting systems, in Vigilant Global’s style.
Photographs by Alexi Hobbs.