MSDS Studio re-designs historic Toronto car factory

The Toronto’s Agency 59 new office space has unique design qualities as it is now part of a 10-storey industrial building.

The agency was founded in the 1950s and now has their workplace located in the city’s Tower Automotive Building – a 20th-century production facility for auto parts. As a result of the new design strategy, the structure and materiality was left untouched, working towards complementing “its rawness with other natural textures.”

MSDS Studio believe that “interior space should act as a stimulating yet intimate interface between human and building.” In this project, the designers chose to furnish very simply, including long white tables and brown leather Eames chairs dating back to the 1969s. 

Another design idea was the executive office included in the workplace, housed in a pink volume. A large window and glass door provide views into the room, which is punctured with a concrete column and painted in pale tones.

The design studio created a cafe-style area in the corner of the dining room, combining a light-pink, a ribbed bench, wooden tables and bold green chairs. The cafe walls are freshened up with white particle board.