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Could Colour Be Critical In The Future Of The Agile Workplace?

Playster’s new Montreal headquarters by local ACDF Architecture is an exploration of how colour can be used strategically in the agile workplace.



BY Sophia Watson

September 5th, 2017


So obviously it’s very, very pretty. But aside from looks, what can colour actually contribute to the agile workplace? As a recent example, Canadian studio ACDF Architecture has used the colours of Playster’s logo to create vibrant office spaces at the company’s Montreal headquarters.

In approaching the colour-theory behind this 1,670 square-metre space, designers ACDF first delve into the internal and external culture of the subscription-based entertainment company.

ACDF revamped the 1,670-square-metre space for subscription-based entertainment service Playster‘s third office location, after New York and Los Angeles.

“To give the client an environment suited to their reputed high energy and creativity, we developed a contemporary, open-concept design highlighted by a clever play of bright colours and white surfaces,” said ACDF.

Reminiscent of the company’s logo, blocks of colour saturate the walls and carpets, creating a strong visual impact and demarcate different zones in a fluid progression. Here, each team is assigned a different colour, providing Playster employees with a sense of departmental identity within the company’s meeting rooms, open-plan workspaces, breakout areas and private offices.

The colourful spaces around the edges of the plan are connected by an entirely white corridor, which cuts through the centre. This space provides a stark contrast and functions as a place of respite from the otherwise lively vibe of the offices.

White walls, ceilings and furniture are also used as strategic devices in some of the sectors to tone down the impact of the bright hues. Fully coloured areas on the other hand, are reserved for more informal spaces, like the yellow games room with foosball and table-tennis tables, and a blue lounge.

Some areas are partitioned with floor-to-ceiling glazing, while vinyl floor and wall panels provide a glossy finish.

“Playster now enjoys flexible and stimulating offices, where creative work emerges from fruitful social interactions,” ACDF said. It’s an interesting concept in that where we traditionally have turned to industrial design solutions to denote the purpose of a space, here the same (if not a greater impacting) result has been achieved with a more obtuse interior strategy.

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Photography |  Adrien Williams.

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