Inside the Scandinavian-inspired Canadian headquarters of pharma giant Novo Nordisk
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Inside the Scandinavian-inspired Canadian headquarters of pharma giant Novo Nordisk

What: Danish pharma giant Novo Nordisk’s Canadian HQ Where: Mississauga Size: 31,000 square feet When the lease expired at Novo Nordisk’s old Etobicoke offices, the C-suite set decided the space wasn’t working anymore. Employees were divided between the first and third floors of the building, and the awkward arrangement was getting in the way of collaboration between various departments. The old HQ also didn’t have any auditorium spaces, so every time the company wanted to host a speaker it was forced to rent conference space and shuttle everyone over. After securing some new space in an office building in Mississauga, Novo Nordisk hired SDI Design to lead a refit. The company wanted a variety of breakout and meeting spaces for small and large groups, private offices for executives, an auditorium space, a cafeteria and plenty of open office space to encourage the mingling of ideas. Novo Nordisk is a Danish company, so the aesthetic goal of the renovation was to combine Scandinavian and Canadian elements. The resulting space is decked out with European furnishings, heaps of blonde wood and colourful (mostly Canadian) art. The sculptural staircase is the lobby’s most prominent feature: There are also three framed shadowboxes in […]

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