staff members reviewing plans

Our Studio

Urban Transformation

Our studio at 113 Breithaupt Street is a story of transformation of an outdated, under utilized building into a contemporary office space that celebrates its location and beautifies and reinvigorates the core of our city. We are located in the new ‘innovation district’, a neighbour to Google Canada Headquarters and the Breithaupt Block (both Martin Simmons Sweers designs).

The monolithic black siding creates a cohesive dark skin protecting a light and welcoming white interior. The overall look of the exterior and interior references the original’s industrial origins, constructed with modest materials – including a wood structure, metal cladding, and aluminum clad wood windows. Dubbed ‘the monitor’, a long, horizontal window rises above the studio overlooking the city and rail line that runs past the property.

Through Design

Upon entering the studio space, a long, white central gathering table stretches the full length of an impressive span of clerestory windows set in a network of original wooden trusses. This is our central meeting spot for the team. It’s here where delicately crafted models are displayed, clients gather to meet with architects and designers to share ideas, celebrate milestones, review drawings and materials, share food and drink, and discuss the merits of design solutions.

The studio interior design is a gallery-like, minimalist space with a reflective and peaceful mood. The bright, open space echoes the way we work as a team - collaboratively, and with transparency, honesty, and respect.

The Core of MSS

  • 75 years invested in Waterloo Region
  • Recognizably modern, functional, and sustainable
  • A reflection of the needs and goals of its owner, users, and the surrounding community
  • Principals leading the design from start to finish
  • A reputation for extremely detailed design to ensure on time and on budget delivery
  • Take client vision and elevate it to highest architectural standards to create a meaningful experience for client and building user
  • Customized rather than prescriptive approach tailored to the unique needs of each project

“People are really happy to work with Patrick and Jason because they’re down-to-earth guys with good design sense. They worked with us to push the design bar for the region.”

Craig Beattie
Partner, Perimeter Developments

“[MartinSimmons] took a participatory approach to design, creating an inclusive environment where stakeholders were consulted often. We were impressed with how respectful they were when it came to the nature and purpose of building.”

Bill Davidson
Executive Director, Langs Community Health Wellness