Travelzoo Canadian HQ

The spirit of a travel company’s brand is captured in playfully designed spaces mimicking modes of travel and destinations.

Travelzoo, a global internet media company specializing in travel and entertainment, sought a new workspace for their Canadian headquarters that would that would simultaneously balance the impression of an established international company with the youthful spirit of its enterprise. The project is the unusual merging of a loft-style interior within the context of a ‘Class A’ office building. The location on the 23rd floor of a tower above the landmark Toronto Eaton Centre offers panoramic views of the city skyline, City Hall, Lake Ontario and the CN Tower. Within the raw space of exposed concrete floors and a textured ceiling, the programmatic spaces were developed as distinct volumes, optimizing circulation and views of the city, while also maximizing natural light.

The design was inspired by travel destinations and modes but also features the dramatic cityscape of downtown Toronto. The conference and lunch-room volumes allude to modes and nodes of high-speed transport such as train stations and airports, while the huddle rooms and lounge areas suggest casual destinations such as cabins, parks and beaches. Travelzoo’s brand colours, red for action and blue for tranquility, are combined with bold contrasting colours to enliven the space while remaining cohesive with their branding.

The project’s budget necessitated a strategic approach to materials and design. The cabin volume uses a Japanese automotive product printed to look like wood, and the conference room is painted in metallic silver that creates the gleam of real metal. The clients’ desire for an exposed ceiling presented a challenge, but an elegant solution was found in a metal mesh ceiling that makes the space feel more open while masking the rough texture of fire-proofing insulation above.

Graphic interactive elements also incorporate travel-culture motifs. A playful arrivals/departures board in the kitchen helps keep track of employees’ globe-trotting, and in the reception area a large interactive world map fashioned out of plywood has coloured wood pegs for them to plug into the far-flung places they have been.

  • Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Awards
    Best of Year Honoree
  • Interior Design Magazine MakeItWork Awards
    Honoree, Budget Office
  • Interior Design Magazine MakeItWork Awards
    Honoree, Lobby Design

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