At the heart of industrial Yaletown of the 1920s, which was dominated at the time by warehouses and factories, the occupants of 1050 Hamilton were the proprietors of export company, Consolidated Exporters Limited, booming with Vancouver’s growing rail and port industries. Today, the building is known as 1028 Hamilton and, aside from being the home to a hidden champagne lounge that harkens back to British Columbia's prohibition era, it houses the Vancouver offices for Slack, the award-winning communications software company that has expanded its offices into Dublin and San Francisco, and soon into Toronto.
We were presented with a challenge to maintain the historic character of the space, while making it relevant for a young technology company. The project reimagines the warehouse environment as a dynamic space that works with ideas of symbiosis and organic change. As an iconographic gesture that responds to the industrial heritage of Yaletown, and the Pacific Northwest environment, we introduced a green wall into the re-imagined warehouse.
This industrial shell of the office space is dominated by exposed brick, mechanical infrastructure, and original wooden beams. We worked around the concept of an ‘interior nature’ by locating the green wall at the heart of the headquarters, transitioning between the flexible spaces of the foyer, entrance, cafe and lounge. A green wall can be an appealing design solution that activates under-used space and creates a visual and social centrepiece. With Yaletown revitalized into one of Vancouver’s trendiest dining and commercial neighbourhoods, the green wall brings the lush iconography of the forest back into Vancouver’s old industrial core, alluding to the rainforests of the Pacific mountain climate.