OPEN WORK AREA
PROJECT BY ANAÏS FRITZLAN
Workaway is an away-from-home workspace for people working primarily from home. Users might be self-employed, freelance, student, volunteer, working remotely, or other, but they all share the need for a workspace away from their dwelling space. Located in a 3-storey building in the Annex neighbourhood of Toronto, the project delivers a community-oriented, accessible space with a variety of workspace typologies. This community is highly walkable with a dedicated bike lane and nearby subway stops.
To support its members’ productivity and wellness, Workaway provides focus and social, group and individual workspaces, high-speed Wi-Fi, and scan/print/copy stations as well as an on-site coffee bar with pastries and sandwiches from local vendors. Materiality addresses function as well as aesthetics, with sustainably sourced, durable furnishings and cleanable surfaces designed for comfort, visual appeal, and wayfinding ease. Varied and adjustable lighting enhances spatial differentiation, visual comfort, wayfinding, and aesthetic appeal. Combined, all of these factors produce a space that is welcoming, supportive, functional, and appealing to its users.