Patriarche designed the interiors of Gearbox’s studio as an eclectic mix of colours and art styles

Gearbox and Patriarche reunited their creative forces to craft a workspace that seamlessly intertwines functionality with aesthetics

PatriarcheDynamic colour contrasts to outline distinct zones. Photography by Marie-Noëlle Cloutier

Patriarche, the augmented architecture agency, designed the interiors of Gearbox, in collaboration with the video game company. Following the triumph of their previous venture in Quebec City, where they clinched the prestigious Grand Prix du Design, Gearbox and Patriarche reunited their creative forces to craft a workspace that seamlessly intertwines functionality with aesthetics. The Montreal studio boasts a distinctive layout, characterized by its rectangular and elongated floor plan, presenting an intriguing design challenge. Patriarche embraced this architectural canvas, employing varied ambiences and dynamic colour contrasts to outline distinct zones. This innovative approach not only injected vitality into the space but also fostered a sense of cohesion and ease of navigation for the team members.

Rectangular and elongated floor plan

Comprising of open-space workstations, enclosed offices, meeting rooms, and lounge areas, Gearbox’s Montreal studio epitomizes versatility in spatial planning. Each area was meticulously tailored to accommodate specific requirements, nurturing collaboration, individual focus, and relaxation. This holistic approach to functional diversity ensures that every team member is situated in an environment conducive to productivity and well-being.

Homage to 90s pop culture

Patriarche pushed the boundaries of conventional workspace design to conceive a distinctive concept. Drawing inspiration from the vibrant urban energy and industrial heritage of Montreal’s Old Port neighbourhood, the studio’s fit-out incorporates elements of street art and pays homage to 90s pop culture, resulting in a design language that is both bold and evocative. Eclectic furniture pieces, including stools resembling tree trunks and a monumental meeting table supported by wooden branch legs, infuse the space with originality and add a subtle nod to nature. Quirky details, like the yellow curtain – playfully nicknamed the ‘shower’ – reclaimed from a welding workshop, adds an unexpected layer to the space.

Functionality with aesthetics

An artistic collaboration with Julien Lebargy gave rise to the centrepiece of this project: a reproduction of his thought-provoking work, “Little Boy Bomb,” prompting contemplation on humanity’s relationship with war. This integration of art and design enriches the studio with a sense of dynamism and inspiration, fostering an environment of innovation and creativity. 

Yellow curtain reclaimed from a welding workshop

Through a harmonious blend of originality and boldness, Gearbox and Patriarche have brought their collective vision to fruition, culminating in a one-of-a-kind workplace where every detail narrates a compelling story of ingenuity and imagination.

Eclectic furniture pieces

Photography by Marie-Noëlle Cloutier

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