The McInnes Cooper Law office designed by BGHJ Architects occupies three stories of a prominent restored heritage building in the heart of downtown Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
The design presents a clean and light interior that provides a purposely modern counterpoint to the rough and weathered nature of the existing building shell. The clarity of the new finishes sit in considerate contrast to the old, an aesthetic that is exemplified as rustic pieces of the building shell penetrate the calm palette of the interior. Its minimalist aesthetic is designed to be both clearly distinguishable from and subsidiary to the existing heritage building.
A simple material palette of glass, steel and light toned wood was employed throughout the new spaces. Raw steel elements accent public areas, adding rugged texture to an otherwise pristine palette. Exposed brick and chunky wood trusses are revealed at key locations, showcasing the structural elements of the original building. The large glazed sidelights allow light to filter into the space while permitting private offices required of a law firm.
Storage is integrated into the space through wood surrounds that house and participate in the formal language of the design. Kitchenettes and other services are inset into carefully detailed wood bites. Other details, including the delicate frames surrounding the glazing and the flush wood base were added to enhance the contemporary aesthetic.
Photos by Julian Parkinson