Barrier Ridge Capital

Project Details

Building Type



Aurora, ON


45 Weeks


Office Design

Footage/ Floors

12,000 Sq Ft / 3 Floors


In the heart of a historic building, the design for Barrier Ridge Capital’s offices is a masterclass in balancing the integrity of classic architecture with the innovation of modern design. This space is not just an office; it’s a testament to the power of design to create an environment that is both functional and inspirational. At Studio Forma Interior Design, our goal is to craft spaces that embody this balance, ensuring that every element serves both an aesthetic and practical purpose. The design of Barrier Ridge Capital’s offices exemplifies two key features of our design philosophy: the integration of historical elements with contemporary design and the creation of versatile spaces that cater to both work and entertainment needs.

Our Goal

Harmonize the Old with the New: One of our primary goals was to respect the building’s historical essence while infusing it with modern elements that reflect the company’s forward-thinking ethos. This approach ensures that the space feels cohesive and timeless, providing a unique backdrop that stimulates creativity and productivity.

Versatility and Functionality: The design aims to create a multipurpose environment that supports the diverse needs of the company. From hosting corporate events to facilitating day-to-day operations, each area is meticulously planned to maximize its utility and adaptability, fostering an atmosphere where employees and guests alike can thrive.

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Entrance and Reception​

The juxtaposition of Corten panels with rivets against the original blonde brick at the entrance sets the tone for the entire office. This blend of materials pays homage to the building's history as well as introduces a modern aesthetic. The sleek reception desk and light fixture serve as contemporary counterpoints, welcoming visitors into a world where past and future converge.

Dual - Purpose Spaces

The office transforms a legacy of the building's past—a former restaurant—into a luxurious bar and entertaining area, complete with a live edge bar and customized tile feature. The office maintains a focus on business operations, with light-filled executive offices and a spacious hallway that exemplifies how design can enhance workplace efficiency and ambiance.


The design of Barrier Ridge Capital’s offices is a reflection of Studio Forma Interior Design’s dedication to creating spaces that inspire. By blending the historic charm of the building with contemporary design elements, and by crafting spaces that serve multiple purposes, we have achieved a design that not only meets the functional needs of the company but also elevates the everyday experience of those who work and visit there. This project stands as a testament to our belief that great design is about striking a balance—between old and new, beauty and function, work and play.

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Barrier Ridge Capital

Barrier Ridge Capital’s offices share the same historic building as SR&E. This company has a distinct aesthetic that harmonizes the classic feel of the space with modern accents. The entrance features Corten panels with rivets as well as the original blonde brick. The contemporary counterpoints to these elements include a clean-lined reception desk and a sleek LED light fixture. Beyond the reception area, the office is divided into two areas. The left side leverages some of the fixtures from a previously existing restaurant, transforming into a sumptuous bar and entertaining area for corporate events. Comfortable yet elegant stools sit atop a customized tile feature where visitors can lean into the live edge bar. The right section of the main floor is where the business operates. The executive offices are light and airy with mullioned interior glass walls and white brick facades, grounded with warm Corten panels, wooden beams, and linear light fixtures. Outside these offices is a dramatic wide hallway with wooden beams and large 4′ x 4′ floor tiles. The adjacent executive assistant areas have wooden paneling, height-adjustable desks, and plenty of storage. Additional private offices and a meeting room complete this floor. Upstairs houses the managers’ offices where the large windows let in lots of natural light. The building’s concrete beams become architectural elements that add to the overall character. Large L-shaped height-adjustable desks allow lots of room to get the job done. Next door, the large boardroom seats more than a dozen. Rich blue and warm grey paint balance the dark, wide-plank flooring. The basement has been put to good use as well with a commercial kitchen suitable for serving all of the upstairs events. Additional washrooms include glass showers and laundry facilities. Vertical blue tiles, wall-mounted sinks, and round mirrors add interest. From top to bottom, Barrier Ridge Capital is a showcase space for corporate offices and entertaining. Photo Credit:

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