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VersaPay, a Toronto-based financial technology company, sought to create a statement-making space that reflected their culture and accommodated their current and future needs. With the penthouse at 18 King Street East as their new location, the breathtaking 360-degree views from the space were not to be missed.
Studio Forma was entrusted with the design aspect of the project, which included combining architectural elements, lighting, branding, furniture solutions, and finishes to create a cohesive concept. Our team took great care to ensure that the space was clean, concise, and reflective of VersaPay’s brand and products.
One of the challenges we faced was the expedited project process and timeline, which meant completing the project in two phases, two months apart. However, this was not a hindrance to achieving our objective.
We drew inspiration from the company’s logo, which features an angular font with a dominant V. This influenced our choice of an ‘angular’ space plan with angular walls and geometrical millwork. Additionally, the various material patterns, furniture shapes, and the colour scheme were all influenced by the logo.
Our goal was to create a functional, flexible workspace that catered to various needs. We achieved this by creating a combination of open office spaces, breakout or collaboration areas, quiet areas, and enclosed meeting rooms. The lunchroom, with its well-equipped kitchenette, serves as the heart of the space, providing ample seating and a convenient bottle-filling station.
Acoustic solutions were also a critical consideration, given the high, exposed ceilings, the nature of the business, and the need for financial confidentiality. Tac panels, felt work zone dividers, grid ceiling canopies, and felt circular meeting pods were all integrated to provide adequate acoustic insulation.
From the moment visitors step into the building’s branded lift lobby and walk through the large glass doors leading to the grand reception area, they are immediately struck by the breathtaking views of downtown Toronto. The reception area doubles as a hangout space for employees and the boardroom’s glass partitions provide an unobstructed view of the city’s skyline.
At Studio Forma, we take pride in delivering exceptional design solutions that exceed our clients’ expectations. The VersaPay project exemplifies their brand and values, creating an inspiring and enjoyable work environment for their employees.