Joule, which is the Canadian Medical Association’s newest company, was spun off to be on the forefront of physician-led innovation nationwide. As a new entity, they saw that their headquarters should be a cutting edge space, inspiring creativity and the sharing of ideas. As a response to this, Joule understood it needed a non-traditional office aesthetic, and therefore selected an unusual site – the office faces the field of Lansdowne Park, and has 16’ tall ceilings. The palette of materials included a mixture of cold and warm materials – glass, polished concrete and steel; laminated veneer wood slats, felt, and illuminated, textile room dividers.
The whole space was developed to be a “free-address” environment, meaning that no one has a dedicated spot, encouraging people to find the right spot in the office (or outside the office) to suit their task at hand. In order to accommodate the various workstyles present in their organization, the floor was divided into a heads-down “focus” side and a lively “collaborate” side. Various open and closed collaboration spaces were provided throughout, including upholstered “bleachers” and bar height counter seating facing the football field, high back soft seating surrounded by movable fabric walls, collaborative filing islands, and more traditional meeting rooms of various sizes. Sit-stand work-surfaces, a raised floor system for power and data, wi-fi throughout, and biometric scanners allow flexibility and freedom of movement and an enhanced user experience.