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Bank of Canada
Completed 2009
Services: Modernization study

In 2008, the Bank commissioned Griffiths Rankin Cook Architects to conduct a modernization study of the iconic Bank building designed by architect Arthur Erickson and opened in 1978. As a member of the multi-disciplinary team, Carlyle Design Associates provided numerous services including:


  • review and analysis of program documents and stacking and blocking diagrams with recommendations for final locations of departments throughout the building

  • Density studies – low, medium and high – exploring options for varying percentages of enclosed versus open work space

  • Floor plan scenarios and 3D sketches with zoning options respecting the structural and systems integrity of the building, reinforcing primary vertical and horizontal circulation patterns, maximizing transparency with connection to daylight and views, and showing various configurations for the mix of individual work space with communal/shared space

  • Recommendations for heritage zones requiring special consideration

  • Conceptual approach to interior palette of finishes and colours and to re-integration of partitioning with casegoods and furniture

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