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Project Overview

This space, the headquarters for Accessibility Standards Canada, sets the bar for enhanced accessibility in a workplace setting. LWG focused on delivering a design solution that integrates a holistic approach to accessibility in a way that dignifies users and democratizes space, within an activity-based workplace methodology.

Some key elements that were taken into consideration included materiality (resilient flooring for better mobility), colours and contrast (to help with navigation and wayfinding through the space), and integration of technology. The incorporation of individually controlled overhead lighting at every desk was one key design criteria that the client demanded and was elegantly achieved.

In addition, considerations for acoustical solutions to offset the open high ceilings and resilient flooring provided opportunities to introduce suspended ceiling elements that serve to control sound and provide visual cues to indicate the zoning of different areas which are defined by activity.


10,500 ft2




Gatineau, Quebec

This is a showcase space to demonstrate true universal design.  Flooring, furniture, clearances, colors, materials, and lighting were strategically selected to accommodate accessibility. – Bryan Wiens

Accessibility Standards Canada

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