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25 Jan 2017

Perkins + Will’s Toronto interior is aimed at empowering youth

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Office for non-profit Sketch caters both to its staff and the young people it seeks to help

Category: Interiors

Perkins + Will has designed an office for a non-profit organisation in Toronto that works to empower local youth.

Sketch, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, aims to engage marginalised young people in the arts. To mark this landmark year, it tasked the design practice to refurbish its administrative hub in the Canadian city.

Perkins + Will has densified the space to accommodate more people through a combination of workstations, sit-stand desks and meetings rooms. To maximize storage space, it brought in tall cupboards.

As well as catering to Sketch staff, the redesign is aimed at the youth the charity seeks to help. The new offices include rooms for meetings between participants and their mentors, boardrooms for pitching business ideas, private phone rooms, whiteboards and workstations positioned by the entrance so as to be less intimidating.

‘We wanted to provide a workplace that was not only more organised, but also created an open and welcoming environment for youth while simultaneously boosting Sketch’s credibility and reputation to potential donors,’ says Janine Grossmann, principal of interiors at Perkins + Will’s Toronto studio. ‘The bright open-concept layout promotes inclusivity while also providing a space that makes the staff feel comfortable and productive. Ultimately, it is a place of order for youth who may not otherwise have that order in their lives.'

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