This project was an extensive building renovation for Kawasaki Canadian Motors. It included the relocation and amalgamation of their administration, distribution, warehouse and research and development facilities. A primary objective for the project was to give Kawasaki’s new Canadian Headquarters an exciting and appropriate identity. It had to be both an inspiring workplace and maintain a suitable public image for Kawasaki’s reputation as an innovative and industry leading international corporation.
The new sculpted building façade aims to conjure an image reminiscent of the material palette and methods used in motorcycle construction. A new curtain wall was constructed with high performance tinted glass; this provided natural day-lighting and an opportunity to showcase selected Kawasaki machines. The form and application of the aluminium panel cladding was inspired by the term ‘fairing’. A fairing is a shroud over the motorcycle’s engine, used for protection, improved performance and to give distinctive shape and colour.