Bold & Bright

Lighting agency LumiGroup collaborates with inside Studio to create a symbiotic relationship between lighting and thoughtful design in the OneSpan office

Fact File
Project: OneSpan Offices
Completion: 2021
Design: inside Studio
Lighting: LumiGroup
Photo credits: Stephane Brugger, Photographe
Source: V2com

LumiGroup collaborates with inside Studio to create a symbiotic relationship between lighting and thoughtful design in the OneSpan office

Located within the confines of the historic Windsor station, the 55,000 sq. ft. space is a melding of inspired architecture and bold interior design, which won inside Studio the Best of Canada Award winner in the office category.

The unique setting provided inside Studio a blank canvas upon which to visually capture OneSpan’s new identity and branding ethos: Be Bold. Be Secure. “The client’s ethos was incorporated into our design concept from the outset, as well as their requirements for groups working in clusters and loops,” says Susie Silveri, Principal Designer & Founder, inside Studio.

LumiGroup collaborates with inside Studio to create a symbiotic relationship between lighting and thoughtful design in the OneSpan office

The space was already adorned with expansive windows, poured terrazzo floors, and sections of exposed original brick. However, the core design elements of the space still reflected their original purpose, so inside Studio stripped it down to its bare essentials – a process that led to the discovery of additional original brick, arches, fireplaces, and original wood panelling.

The designers set out to marry the bold branding concept with the original elements of the building. The harmonization of contrasting characters included the introduction of certain SoHo elements, such as pop art on walls, and a focus on an overall eclectic look and feel. The firm also infused a degree of whimsical elements into the space, including its choice of furnishings for the office’s common spaces. They also decided to retain some of the original building’s ornate doors for the conference rooms, albeit with an application of bold colours and modern glass framing.

LumiGroup collaborates with inside Studio to create a symbiotic relationship between lighting and thoughtful design in the OneSpan office

Original brick walls and archways frame the expansive reception area. An adjacent corridor, floored in white oak and bordered by accents of purple and lilac, leads into the heart of the L-shaped floorplan. Large, pivoting disc lights hang from suspended fixtures which animate and provide shape and size to the corridor.

In fact, lighting plays a large role in the design with more than a dozen lighting products for specific functions. The lighting consists of a combination of fun, bold, and whimsical choices, as well as general lighting schemes. In the conference rooms, decorative lighting temper the ambiance with a more residential feel. Linear lighting from above illuminates individual workspaces, while sleek track lighting with powerful outputs, showcase the architectural elements.

LumiGroup collaborates with inside Studio to create a symbiotic relationship between lighting and thoughtful design in the OneSpan office

Other creative design elements include enclosed movable office walls, and executive office cubes in the center of the main workspace. The strategic positioning of the floating offices, bathed in glass and framed in vivid colours, frees up space for common lounge areas to benefit from the natural light provided by the building’s expansive windows. Furthermore, the central office pods provide greater connectivity between the occupants.