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“Smartest” office building in downtown Toronto

“The internet of everything is redefining how we work, live, play & learn and it’s happening at Cisco Canada’s new headquarters in downtown Toronto.” I’m not sure everyone will agree that a “blending of work life & social life” is what we’re striving for, but I think you will agree that an employer who cares so much about your “comfort” is pretty awesome!

Although there’s a lot new here, I have seen some of these before right here in Saint John in the Salesforce office space in Brunswick Square. That being said, there are some innovative ideas… the smart touch screens by the elevators, the customizable intelligent workstations  & the proactive climate controls are pretty cool!

“Interaction = Innovation” office design according to Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs knew that innovation and creativity don’t happen in cubes or through email. Seems he was a huge fan of personal interaction and had this in mind when designing the Pixar headquarters in Emeryville, California. Here’s Lasseter (Pixar’s Chief Creative Officer) describing the building…

“In the center, he created this big atrium area, which seems initially like a waste of space. The reason he did it was that everybody goes off and works in their individual areas. People who work on software code are here, people who animate are there, and people who do designs are over there. Steve put the mailboxes, the meetings rooms, the cafeteria, and, most insidiously and brilliantly, the bathrooms in the center—which initially drove us crazy—so that you run into everybody during the course of a day. [Jobs] realized that when people run into each other, when they make eye contact, things happen. So he made it impossible for you not to run into the rest of the company.”

Source: http://commercialtenantresource.com/2012/01/02/steve-jobs-and-workplace-design/

Inside the Pixar Atrium. Photo source : http://www.thisdayinpixar.com