Mining corporation strikes gold with new office design
Lundin Mining Corporation is a Canadian-based multi-national mining organization, a leader in copper, nickel and zinc, with operations located around the globe. The key objectives for the firm's new head office were the creation of a revitalized workplace that represented the corporation's stability, professionalism, functionality, and respect for its people.
Interior Designer: Chantal Frenette, ARIDO
Design Firm: Kasian Architecture
Photographer: Michael Muraz
Strong yet sophisticated architectural elements were developed to delineate the specialized daily operations of the firm's business units, while integrating Lundin's brand identity throughout the space. The challenge became satisfying each of these business units' needs and their requirements while creating a space with a cohesive language.
The greatest challenge behind this renovation project was the amount of built space within a single floor. The space was very dense, compared to modern standards, so the design team developed distinct 'zones' that maximize efficiency in their footprint.
Significant importance was also placed on the health and wellness for all team members by providing spaces that are adaptable. Every work-surface in the space is height adjustable, and there are numerous settings for connecting employees to encourage movement throughout the workday.
Providing the right mix of spaces and technology solutions, paired with workplace protocols, create today's Activity Based Workplace (ABW). It promotes membership over ownership to a mix of spaces that best support varying tasks throughout the day. ABW offers choices for communication, interaction and collaboration.
Comfort, convenience and ease of use for their staff was a key priority for Lundin Mining. Significant investments were also made in furniture as well as new LED lighting and HVAC systems throughout to offer a high-level of flexibility for staff. Sophisticated audio-visual systems in every meeting space (open and closed) supports connections with other locations around the globe in an efficient and user-friendly manner.
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