A Space to Create
By 2013, web design agency, Gravitate, had been a fixture in the downtown Vancouver area for over 20 years. During a period of growth and heightened activity, the firm moved into the Koplan’s Furniture building. This presented an opportunity for one of the city’s upstart companies to take up residency at a historic local site.
The LSW team worked closely with Gravitate to pair their flair for forward-thinking digital solutions with an elegant space plan and layout in their new home. Though Gravitate has since outgrown and moved on from Koplan’s, this TI project is one we fondly reflect on as we pass it in our neighborhood.
From the onset, Gravitate’s talented staff were closely involved in the design and concept development for this 11,000 sq. ft. office space. There were a variety of interesting opportunities that influenced the interior design and layout. The modern edge of the firm inspired the use of clean lines, raw wood, and glass throughout the interior, creating an unexpected contrast to the traditional brick exterior facade. Enclosed and semi-enclosed boxes were used to create individual and shared offices in the center of the space, while the perimeter is reserved for creative brainstorming areas and open workstations.
One of the building’s unique features was a ramp that extended from the street to the second floor of the building, used for transporting cars when the building was a car dealership. While it proved challenging to create spaces over the existing ramp, a variety of work, meet, and play spaces emerged for Gravitate’s designers. At the top of the ramp, skylights were used to shine on an indoor “deck” that overlooked a Japanese-style garden.
A collaborative meeting space housed in a black box appeared to float adjacent to the deck. Further down the ramp, a game room and indoor theater enhanced the playful atmosphere for designers and clients alike.