Canadian market welcomes distinctive, Figure3 designed showroom
Allsteel Inc. opened the doors to its new Toronto Resource Center in November 2007, providing Canada’s growing design, real estate and corporate communities with a first-hand look at the company’s progressive workplace solutions. The showroom, designed by influential Canadian design firm Figure3, is located in the historic Toronto Carpet Factory in the city’s Liberty Village neighborhood.
Jennifer Stoddart, Allsteel General Manager, Canada, notes the Canadian design industry employs 75,000 design professionals and includes 1,200 design firms and 1,325 architectural practices.
The new space is housed in the distinctive brick Boiler House of the former Toronto Carpet Factory, which operated from 1899 until the 1920s. The old factory building is part of a vibrant neighborhood which hosts a lively mix of businesses, stores, cafés, restaurants and residential units.
Allsteel’s 8,000 square foot Resource Center was designed with the added goal of earning LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Figure3 and the Allsteel team focused on reusing as much of the original building and materials as possible and recycling construction debris.