Working in conjunction with Canadian architects MJM Architecture, interior practice Hasenbuilt Design helped create an aesthetic for a new breed of work and social club for co-working provider KWENCH.
The 25,000sq ft. club breathes new life into the top floor of a derelict attic space within a heritage building designed by British architect Francis Rattenbury.
As a ‘fully female founded, funded and operated venture’ KWENCH aims to support working women.
The generous space provides KWENCH members with fitness facilities, meditation areas, a library, a bar as well as private offices set within a bright and airy shared workspace.
KWENCH also hosts a variety of events for its clientele including workout classes, lectures and small art exhibitions, while the club’s design encourages social interaction and networking through its provision of spiritual, cultural and vocational benefits.
“I wanted to create a space where members had access to all the resources, they need to live a full and balanced lifestyle.” Explains Tessa McLoughlin, KWENCH’s founder.
Original structural elements of the building have been exposed wherever possible to communicate an architectural transparency reflective of the brand’s inherent values.
Hasenbuilt’s design for KWENCH’s Victoria branch incorporates work from local artisans including lighting from Kurva Design, tiles from Phaulet, plants from Botanic Creative and a large-scale mural by Lydia Beauregard.
Numerous skylights were added to introduce more daylight.
Bright and playful colours used within the interior are offset by a neutral and natural material palette consisting of wood, tiles and fabric.
KWENCH is currently the largest work club on Vancouver Island and with plans to expand into Canada, the USA and Australia McLoughlin’s company shows no sign of slowing down.
The co-working club aims to support working women