In 2013, Nadi relocated to a larger office in one of Downtown Winnipeg’s historical heritage buildings: 289 Garry Street. Nadi occupies the building’s third floor with a reception and area, boardroom, front office and studio space. While many pigeons had been living inside, their squatting would be the least of our design issues in restoring 289 Garry. First, we ensured that the historic building adhered to present-day codes for office space leasing and connect two physically separate third-floor spaces into a single unified storey that worked within the narrow footprint of a twenty-foot wide building.
For Nadi’s office, we envisioned a contemporary and classic space with modern, fresh and innovative contrasts that played with light, colour and texture. We painted the walls white and grey (except for one green wall) and highlighted the furnishing with an earthy walnut colour. As a nod to the building’s heritage status, we left its interior brick exposed. While the building’s existing infrastructure gave us lots of natural light, we used glass walls and doors to let more light into the office. For the entire building, we extended the stairwell to the third floor, added in fire escapes, re-insulated and re-cladded the building’s exterior, and upgraded the washrooms to meet universal accessibility standards.
We provided interior design, space planning and furniture selection services for Nadi’s headquarters, and restored 289 Garry to a fully functioning building in the heart of downtown.