Mouvement Desjardins- Executive floors
Located on the 39th and 40th floors of Complexe Desjardins, a brutalist grouping of high-rises completed in 1976 in the heart of downtown Montréal, the financial institution’s executive floors have been updated and transformed into a quiet elegant atmosphere. Here, values of the member-owned “Mouvement Desjardins” cooperative, like solidarity, equality, and equity meet thoughtful design solutions.
A reflection of Desjardins’ values — The Desjardins cooperative upholds the values of respect and social innovation. This project presented the challenge of reconciling modesty and sobriety with the image of a powerful financial institution. The interior design strikes a balance between these elements, while adding some poetic flair. To offer a gentle and inviting experience, the visitor’s steps are marked by cozy comfortable waiting areas, biophilia, and artwork. The resulting atmosphere is airy, elegant, and contemporary, yet sober.
40,000 ft² (3,716 m²)
Bright and versatile spaces
The 39th floor was reprogrammed around a central preserved core, to become a light-filled reception floor, welcoming dignitaries and Desjardins executives, and catering to them through an executive kitchen. The operation of a large financial cooperative is made possible thanks to multiple entertainment spaces, lounges, break-out rooms, and executive dining rooms that also function as conference rooms.
On the 40th floor, direct access to natural light for all executive offices serves as a common thread, with quiet meeting areas juxtaposed at the outer corners of the building. Evoking the transition to a more flexible workplace, unassigned workstations have been installed, and offices are multifunctional, doubling as meeting rooms. Down a private corridor, the executive suite is conducive to carrying out business in a discreet confidential atmosphere.
A highlighted walkway
The user’s path is punctuated by plants and small islands of greenery alongside works of art from the Desjardins collection. Energy-efficient LED lighting highlights the wide variety of works in the collection, while emphasizing the architectural lines and interior pathways of the executive floors.