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Corner Offices

 

Date: 2013

Status: Exhibition

Location: Medicine Hat, Canada

Program: Office, Retail

Size: 2675m2

Exhibition: Thinking Hat

Lecture: Pecha Kucha Volume 3 Medicine Hat Canada

Interview: CJSW Space + Place with Amery Calvelli

Team: Jessie Andjelic, Philip Vandermey, Christopher Herman

 

The Sweet Caporal gap on 2nd Street SE creates a massive break between programs and a pedestrians dead zone. The unfortunate loss of Central Block, formerly an office building for professionals, including doctors, lawyers and architects, is a major loss of an important historical icon. How to revive this site and imagine a use that points towards Medicine Hat’s bright future while also preserving a piece of its history?


The Corner Offices project proposes that the site be developed again as an offices program. This time, however, we imagine a program of startup offices that share common resources. In a typical office building, the most exclusive and desirable spaces are at the corners, where top executives can enjoy multiple views and light orientations. However, in a startup situation, everyone is a CEO! As such, each office is provided with two facades to enhance views and light qualities.


In order to create a more diverse program and activate the street, a series of retail spaces are provided at grade. The front facade is eroded near the base of the building to widen the sidewalk and create a small plaza for patios and public furniture. The top of the third level aligns with the adjacent buildings, with the fourth level stepped back to respond to the scale of adjacent buildings. And, the entrance and vertical circulation spaces is located along the adjacent facade containing the Sweet Caporal Ad to keep it in view for visitors and building tenants.

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what happens when everyone is their own boss

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The main floor contains retail spaces and a three-story entrance space that exhibits the Sweet Caporal cigarette advertisement sign.

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