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Travel Centre Toronto's offices inspire wanderlust

by Hannah Grogan on Jan 22, 2018 in Developments , Interiors , Top Story
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Travel Centre Toronto revamps old garment factory to create design-forward workspace and multifunctional building Located in downtown Toronto are the newly refurbished offices for Australian travel giant, Flight Centre. Designed by Quadrangle, a Canadian-based architectural firm, the space was designed for Flight Centre’s four brands to occupy. Intent on creating an environment that would inspire its employees to travel, Travel Centre Toronoto’s three-storey building includes a traditional retail area, an event space, and combined offices for all of the company’s brands.

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The look and feel of Travel Centre Toronto and its common spaces are reminiscent of the explorer clubs from the 19th century Photo: Adrien Williams

Travel Centre Toronto’s striking facade remains intact, but its the building’s interiors that really stand out. Inspiration for the design was taken from the silver screen including the Wes Anderson classic, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou as well as 19th century explorer clubs. Floors throughout are donned with oversized passport stamps, large vintage suitcases have been transformed into hot desks and monitors throughout display the best travel deals for the day. "We started by locating an anchor, vintage building, into which we fit a boutique retail store, a signature event space, and a state-of-the-art work environment that speaks of travel, wonder, and adventure,” commented George Foussias, Design Director, Quadrangle.

The company motto sits tall behind the bar as a reminder to employees

The company motto sits tall behind the bar as a reminder to employees Photo: Adrien Williams

The upper floors feature an event space (dubbed the Explorers Club), as well as a drop-in workspace for those visiting from out of town. There’s also an open-plan kitchen and bar for entertaining.

Travel Centre Toronto Conference Room

A striking black cube houses the office’s main conference room Photo: Adrien Williams

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Inside the Black Box conference room; transparency at both ends keep the feeling open Photo: Adrien Williams

Elements inspired by explorers' clubs, sea-journeys and the romance of historic travel provide a sense of playfulness, such as mobile workstations which are concealed in oversized leather trunks Photo: Adrien Williams

Elements inspired by explorers' clubs, sea-journeys and the romance of historic travel
Photo: Adrien Williams

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