The E-commerce company had it’s headquarters in a Toronto warehouse fitted with modular boxes shaped like shipping containers. The entire design of the Shopify Offices was done by the canadian design firm MSDS Studio.
The design of the office is built on the metaphor of the mechanisms of contemporary commerce: the front office block and reception area are the market, the rear office is shippin Shg and transport, while the third floor, currently under development, will be production or fabrication
The warehouse is split into two sides, one of them containing the offices while the other one, the social area, contains a games room, cafe, and a meeting space called the War Room.
Aluminium louvres cladding much of the block, painted in a palette derived from the shipping containers, imply the corrugated material used in their construction
Soundproof glazing and soft furnishings help to soften the noise from neighbouring meeting and work areas and every piece of furniture is carefully chosen to give the interior an industrial feel along with the white electrical and extraction pipes running across the ceiling.
A staff kitchen that doubles as a bar for evening events wraps around this central space. Long sections of tube lighting are suspended from the ceiling and the company’s logo is emblazoned on a white-painted brick wall, using fluorescent lighting often used on shop signage.
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Photography is by Paula Wilson.