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KWENCH Club and Work Space in Victoria, Vancouver Island

Contemporary Architecture and Interior Design, BC design by Hansenbuilt Design and MJM Architect Inc., Canada

9 Jan 2020

KWENCH Vancouver Island

Design: Hansenbuilt Design and MJM Architect Inc.

Location: Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Kwench Club Work Space Victoria

Founder and Director Tessa McLoughlin formed the idea of KWENCH in 2013 with a desire to create a new kind of space in Victoria.

Kwench Club Work Space Victoria

As a newly single mom in an unfamiliar city she saw an opportunity to build a place that would support and engage not only people’s work and careers but their health and happiness.

Kwench Club Work Space Victoria

The goal was to create a multi-functional culture club, designed to promote a balance of 6 things: Knowledge, Wellness, Experiences, Novelty, Curiosity, and Connection, to create Healthy and Happy people. Now, following 2 years of construction and building a community of members in a temporary location, her and her all-female team have expanded to a space 5 times the size of their original location.

Kwench Club Work Space Victoria

Something Different
The 25,000 square-foot full-service work and social club brings new life to a derelict attic space in one of Victoria’s forgotten heritage buildings. Merging two roofs together with a striking glass atrium, the new club offers members private offices from 1-28 people, shared workspaces, generous fitness facilities and classes, workshops, private and public events, lectures, art installations, meditation, a library, a bar, food and drink – all in one place.

Kwench Club Work Space Victoria

Female-founded, funded and operated, KWENCH is a bit different from the traditional co-working spaces, by offering a unique and welcoming place in the city for social interaction and valuable connections that are important to the culture of the city.

Kwench Club Work Space Victoria

Members enjoy a thoughtfully designed space that considers the health of the individual by providing services and opportunities that consider their mental and physical health, and their place in the wider community. KWENCH is also host to a range of public and private events that give voice to the Victoria creative industries as well as a forum for local government and stakeholders to discuss and shape the future of the city.

The goal was to design a place that inspired happiness.

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Tessa worked closely with local Interior Designer Sarah Donald of Hansenbuilt Design on an interior space that would celebrate the history of the project and embrace the vibrant culture and community of the club.

Kwench Club Work Space Victoria

The heritage building was originally designed by infamous British architect Francis Rattenbury to house Victoria’s streetcars, which were established in 1889 by The National Electric. The space the club now occupies is the top floor of that building and had lain derelict for decades before Tessa asked the building owner if she could pop her head through the attic hatch to have a look.

That dark attic space has now been transformed into a 25,000 sqf work and culture club for members and guests. Two separate roofs were joined together by a striking glass atrium, which is now the reception and the heart of the space.

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The atrium expands out to a variety of shared social and work spaces at the centre of the club, including a full kitchen, dining areas, lounges, shared workspaces and a bar. This design was intended to promote connections, socializing, and cross-pollination of knowledge and ideas. Surrounding this shared space are the private offices, the Art Room, The Studio, Meditation & Library, boardrooms and changerooms.

Kwench Club Work Space Victoria

The original structural elements were exposed and featured whenever possible, creating unique rooms and spaces, and new skylights were installed throughout to bring in natural daylight.

Engaging colours and playful designs bring life to the interiors, and are tempered with a calming, natural palette of wood, tile and fabrics.

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KWENCH Club and Work Space in Victoria on Vancouver Island – Building Information

Interior Designer: Hansenbuilt Design
Architects: MJM Architect Inc.

Client: KWENCH
Contractor: Bluewater Developments
Structural Engineer: Sorenson Trilogy

Location: Victoria, British Columbia

Artists, Fabricators & Suppliers
Allied Glass
Ames Tiles
Andrew Sheret
Article Becoming Design Office
Bespoke Design Ltd
Blue Wave Electric
Botanic Creative
Broadwell Metal
Draught Wise
Garside Signs
Island Blue
Kurva Design
Latitude Security Solution
Liesch Interiors Ltd.
Lydia Beauregard
Mcgregor & Thompson Hardware Ltd.
McLaren Lighting
Monks
Phaulet
Rich’s Electrical
Slegg Lumber
Victoria Granite
Victoria Specialty Hardware
Yellow Jacket Upholstery

Tessa McLoughlin KWENCH Founder & Director
Born and raised in Australia, Tessa’s first career began as a professional performer, working as a singer, dancer, actress and musician. After years of travelling, she made the move to Canada where she’s now lived for over 20 years.

Upon moving to the Sea to Sky Corridor, Tessa immersed herself in the community, helping to conceive and expand several local initiatives including L.U.N.A, an entertainment event program, and Whistler Welcome Week.

Relocating to Vancouver Island with her two little munchkins in 2012, she continued to be involved in the local creative scene, by pitching and producing Thinklandia, a creative idea-sharing festival in Victoria that ran in conjunction with the Island’s iconic music festival, Rifflandia. In early 2015, Tessa was asked to redesign and launch a coworking space for Fantan Group called The Watershed.

Through these experiences, Tessa realized a desire for a new kind of club – a space that would remove the disjointed and hectic busyness we all experience and support all things that sustain a happy life.

In 2017, Tessa launched the first KWENCH club, bringing together a community of creative, connected members, with ambitions to grow. Now Tessa and her team have just opened a new 25,000 sqf club in Victoria’s growing Old Town district, with plans to expand into additional cities.

Kwench Club Work Space Victoria

Photography: James Jones

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Location: Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

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