Fostering collaboration and the exchange of ideas/solutions encourages innovation. The design for the new Waterfront Toronto Innovation Centre is all about stimulating, encouraging and supporting Collaboration. The three main components of Waterfront Innovation Centre include:
1. The Nexus
The Waterfront Innovation Centre is a celebration of the positive attributes of the urban environment. An extension of the public realm, horizontally and vertically, it
extends Sugar Beach to the public roof garden through the atrium—or rather, the Nexus. This will in effect create a large public space for use by the building inhabitants and the greater community, offering urban activities such as cafes, restaurants, retail, and entertainment spaces.
2. The Exchange
The Waterfront Innovation Centre will do something few, if any, buildings do for the companies that inhabit them: provide shared state-of-the-art, multi-purpose facilities for meetings, presentations, interactive learning, performances, town hall gatherings—a place
for the critical exchange of ideas. Called the Exchange, the facility will have direct access to the extended public realm, the Nexus, providing a fluid transition from the workplace, to formal and informal social space, all designed to facilitate and encourage discourse and Innovation.
3. The Hive
The Hive is the new workplace that supports independent work, creation, problem-solving and task-oriented organizations. The workplace of tomorrow must be a model of flexibility. It must easily, quickly and economically transform into infinite configurations. Like a theatre, ready
for all new props, actors and performances, the Waterfront Innovation Centre offers the Hive: a workplace that is totally flexible, re-configurable and can easily and cost effectively be transformed into whatever is required to enhance performance, reduce the time to market and, above all else, facilitate new ways to work, create, solve and collaborate or, in other words, innovate.