The energy of colors.

Playster is, young, dynamic and fast-growing Canadian company, with offices in Canada and in the US, including Los Angeles and New York. It offers on-demand entertainment services, among which music, books, audio books and videogames.

The gritty and award-winning (the award for excellence from the Ordre des architectes du Québec in 2009 and 2011, the Shenzhen Design Award for young Talents, 2015 edition, and the Grands Prix du Design, in 2017) Canadian ACDF Architecture, was commissioned to design its headquarters on Peel Street in downtown Montreal.

Making the most out of the original setting – a 1980s-built office tower – the architects used the existing walls to create a variety of vibrant private spaces, thus saving resources and money.

Energy and creativity. These are the key words better expressing the essence of Playster. Hence the flexible, open-plan workspace design adapting to small-group work sessions as well as large collaborative and creative atmospheres, highlighted by a clever play of bright colors and white surfaces.

The color palette created by ACDF is actually intense and bright, able to give each space a precise identity. Reminiscent of the company’s logo, blocks of color saturate the walls and carpets creating a strong visual impact and demarcate different zones in a fluid progression. Colors are therefore strongly characterizing and a linking element: the colors encourage team gatherings in the open space and stimulate a sense of belonging among the employees as each team has its own color.

A white corridor balances the strong identity of the bright-colored areas. It acts as a spine, connecting meeting rooms and links the bright sections to one another, functioning as a place of respite from the lively vibe of the offices. White vinyl panels in the corridor define several breakout areas where employees can have a chat and rest from their busy schedules.

Because, as everybody knows, socialization nourishes creativity.

Credit Adrien Williams