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Equitable Bank

Equitable Bank (EQB) is one of the fastest growing financial institutions in Canada, offering both residential and commercial services. While EQB takes prides in its branchless approach, its Toronto based head office was in need of an expansion and overhaul. Its recent rebranding and rapid growth meant EQB was keen to have an interior that reflects its true identity while delivering a comfortable and energetic work environment for their staff.

Kirsh Design was selected to reinvent EQB’s head office in a multi-phased project. One key challenge was unifying staff across the multiple floors of their St. Clair West space. Our solution included the use of interconnecting staircases and providing plenty of meeting / collaboration spaces. In addition to functional and aesthetic goals, sustainability was of utmost importance.

Particular attention was paid to highlighting the organization’s impressive and mostly Canadian art collection. The result is a fresh, organic space, with modern hits of colour and black on white to compliment the carefully curated artworks. Casual break-out spaces flank crisp desking workstations, with a predominantly open office approach; a select few private offices and small meeting rooms border the interior walls and the vibrant light infused   office areas.

The boardroom is home to EQB’s newest piece of art – a custom designed undulating sculptural douglas fir ceiling/wall treatment along with a custom area rug curated through Creative Matters. The multifunctional staff café opens onto large multi-purpose rooms via operable walls to facilitate large town hall meetings and social gatherings. Central to the space was an existing spiral staircase, which was refreshed to reflect the updated aesthetic; it continues to act as a main artery, allowing staff to easily flow between departments and floors. As Equitable Bank continues to thrive, it now has an office that reflects its bourgeoning presence and dynamic personality.