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Project: Microsoft | Montreal Canada

Firm: Metaphore Design | Montreal Canada

Design Statement

Microsoft’s new Conference Centre had to be special. It had to have state of the art user friendly technological interface, while being a fun and casual place to exchange, learn and inspire innovation. Metaphore Design was more than happy to take on the challenge. After intense soul searching of the Microsoft soul, and careful needs analysis, we developed a layout and design concept that generated considerable excitement from the Microsoft project team. The end result is a 4,000 sq. ft. space encompassing 6 meeting rooms of various sizes, and a training facility to accommodate 100 people. All areas have access to natural light. The visitor is welcomed upon entering via digital screens indicating present and upcoming events to the centre. The reception desk is the first surprise – a sleek organic shape floating in front of the Microsoft logo. Conference attendees have many options to relax, or exchange between sessions – the lounge or window seat, the cappuccino bar, the video games area, or tucked away in the intimate banquette. Contrast is achieved on floor and walls by the charcoal and white finish palette, punctuated with selected explosions of colour. A full height colourful figurative photo mural highlights the entry to the training room. The conference rooms are treated neutrally – wooden tables with white seating- but a breath of nature is added by way of an illuminated panel of photo-rendered sky extending through 3 of the larger conference rooms and into the reception lounge. The Microsoft management is delighted with their new space. It is a dynamic environment for a competitive world.

When we researched the all-important carpet tile for the conference centre floor, we explored many options. We wanted a large scale pattern that was conceptually new, and one that eliminated the tile feeling. Shaw Contract Group Vertical Edge and Minimal patterns stood out from the pack, and provided a sweeping broad stroke from dark to light – the color ways are very sophisticated. Our sales rep – Marie-Claude Lamy – was very helpful in using the pattern to its best advantage, as well as helping to use the Minimal pattern to keep the budget under control. We would not hesitate to use the On the Edge line on other projects.

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