Interfor – Burnaby Office, Burnaby BC
Interfor Metrotown is a signature new office interior for one of North America’s largest forest products companies. The designer’s ambition was to translate the company’s “modern forestry” approach into a physical space that would embody the brand. The team envisioned a space that would both showcase an extensive wood product offering to potential clients and provide a warm, collaborative work environment for employees.
Goals for the project included creating greater connection between departments and increasing employee interaction, a challenging task due to the corrugated corners of the floor plate and departments separated across two floors. The design solution showcases and integrates wood products through the design concept and material palette.
A floating staircase serves as a striking central feature in the reception area, creating a bold statement for visitors to the office. It also provides connection for employees between levels. Constructed of Douglas-fir posts and cantilevered LVL (laminated veneer lumber) treads and risers, the staircase showcases an innovative way to work with wood to achieve a highly refined design.