Hamilton, Ontario

Wise & Hammer

Wise & Hammer was a dynamic branding and design company located in the heart of Hamilton. The company were previously located in a heritage building in the City’s downtown, but their office design presented challenges including acoustics and privacy, perpetuated by the layout and organization of the space. Having decided to move to the iconic Cotton Factory, we worked closely with the team to understand those pain points and how to transfer what they loved about the current space to their new home. The goal was to explore how we could transform their new workplace into an area that would embody their brand and aesthetic style, while responding to modern workplace design that allows for flexibility.

The end result was an open office, bordered by a few private office areas, separated from the open areas by wooden framed, glass partitions that help buffer noise without losing a sense of transparency. There are areas within the design that allow for lounging and informal gathering, including a large kitchen that allows for client entertaining, and breakout areas that help to encourage the collaborative work required.

The boardroom has become a focal point. Sliding doors border two walls, so that the space may be opened and transformed in seconds, while a large, original street art piece dominates the static wall, exemplifying the company’s creative roots.

The whole office exuded an industrial vibe, which plays into the firm’s identity – one built on their dedication to the idea of perfecting their craft. Yet, it also speaks to workplace design and how it is evolving, including a pet friendly environment. There are regularly three puppies roaming free in the space – made possible with the large rolling door to the alley way to provide easy access without impacting the other tenants. The rolling door will then become a striking feature within the summer months and blends outdoor and indoor in an exciting way.

After a few years of operations, the company is no longer located in Hamilton.

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Architecture, Mechanical Engineering



Team Leaders

Drew Hauser
Greg Sather
Mary Georgious

Partners & sub consultants

Seguin Engineering Ltd - Electrical


7,000 SQ. FT.