the new offices for grip design toronto, canada
Firm / Johnson Chou Inc. Principal Architect / Johnson Chou project type / Office images / provided by johnson chou inc.
Grip’s new offices take their lead from one of the most public of places: the playground. “Grip wanted a space that would convey their ideals immediately. These include first and foremost that they are a creative agency, and the space inspires one with their unique sense of wit and humor,” says Johnson Chou, the architect on the project. Chou gave Grip the ultimate tools for fun—a slide, a fire pole, and fold-out bleacher seating. “In the back of my mind, I was expecting the worst,” Chou says of his initial presentation of the wacky design. “Much to my surprise and delight, in that very meeting they approved the complete design. The elements that I expected to be eliminated were perceived as being vital to the culture of their studio,” he adds with a laugh. Well, who wouldn’t love a slide in their office? Apparently, Grip felt the same way, and their new offices offer up a whole new take on the notions of work and play.
A Special Edition From Design Bureau 2012