Indeed Toronto Office, designed by Perkins + Will.
The Drake Mini Bar just opened. It is a gem of its own, complete with experience of art and design for you to indulge along with food and drinks!
Description from their own words: "150 York Street just got a little more Drake. Now open across from Drake One Fifty, we’re paying homage to the classic hotel bar experience alongside the unique Drake personality that you know and love. Part eatery, part bar, we're serving up an adventurous small plate menu with hand-crafted cocktails and an eclectic wine and beer selection all set in signature Drake aesthetic with Douglas fir wood, teal leather and natural stone surrounded by curated art by artist Rajni Perera. Consider this your new Financial District local for early-morning rituals of espresso-based coffees + stellar breakfast options or your après work watering hole where every dish on the menu is a go-to and cocktails are mixed to perfection, starting with the old fashioned above. We can't wait to see how you experience Mini Bar."
If you have travelled from Terminal 1 at Pearson International Airport, no doubt you have been greeted by the friendly and organic passenger information zone desks, kiosks, and the giant flower sculpture. Surrounding the functionality of screens with information and staff to help passengers, the design and materiality of the kiosks bring warmth and hint of comfort to the travelers where it helps reduce the stress of traveling indeed!
On the technical side, the back-lit solid surface flower petals and curved LCD screens are pretty impressive. Along with the flower is the circular information desk, it has a curved steel frame to support 2 large cantilevered ends with a double curved sold surface skin. This shows off Eventscape's outstanding capability to engineer and build designs that can achieve the designers vision!
Take a close look next time when you are at Pearson!
Transit City Condos is part of a new development in Vaughan. Designed by figure3, the interiors uses restrained luxury as guiding principle and cleverly mixes richness of materials with a play on proportions to envelop visitors in an experience of luxury without using opulence. See more detail of the project here.
Oakville Place Ceiling features engineered and fabricated by Eventscape. The magical dangling lit-rings are just outright amazing to pull off considering both structural and power provisions!
UM Mediabrands Canada is an agency office designed by figure3. The crisp reception features a back wall with dynamically angled fins that change angle slightly between each individual pieces. The large red UM 3-dimensional logo is an uniformly finished storage that also features drawers filled with candies on the reverse side. Raw wood in boardroom and cafe area brings the natural, organic, and warm surface set against the crisp modern design. At the end of the space, a breakout corner with riser style seating provides flexibility to hold town hall meeting at the cafe or larger group brainstorm session.
Initiative Toronto is part of the new IPG Mediabrands office space in the Waterpark Place. The young, energetic, and creative work style requires varying type of workspaces for the staff and clients. figure3 designed a space that is imaginative, fun, relaxed, and sophisticated all at the same time representing the brand and culture perfectly.
PayPal Office at MARS Toronto.
As a look back on the past year, here is a sampling of what I was up to in 2016. Toronto is the proud home of many beautifully designed spaces and I am honoured to take part in capturing it artistically. In retail, there was a host of major department stores including Simons, Nordstrom, and Holt Renfrew anchoring large mall expansions as well as the cute Penguin Shop Toronto pointing to retail trends. Residential and Workplace sectors continue to push forward adapting to new trends of office and living styles.
2016 was a busy year indeed and along the way I contributed to a couple of design industry charity work. I started to broaden my capability with video to serve client needs better. I am also flattered and honoured to be top of the list on 10 Pinterest Boards for Workplace Design named by ChargeSpot. Please check out my Pinterest and YouTube Channel. The best way to stay in touch is to subscribe to my blog posts at Stevie Rave On.
Best wishes for 2017 and may the year bring you success and joy abundant!
Nordstrom opened its 3rd largest Canadian store at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre with a 3 level 199,000 s.f. retail space that occupies a large portion of the new Yorkdale expansion. In addition to the typical Nordstrom services, departments and restaurants, it features large window-lit display areas and gallery-like moments with sculptural displays as well as numerous shop-in-store womens designer shops, rightly so for the fashion-forward Yorkdale shoppers. Personally as a man I was drawn to the rich smelling broken-in leather couch and the lenticular X-Ray Slash guitar-rocking portrait.
AVIVA Canada's Toronto Office at the First Canadian Place is designed by figure3 and features furniture by Brigholme. The office design offers a central hub of meeting rooms with a shared breakout area. It is equipped with a cafe style servery and windy lounge furniture for casual meetings and touch-downs use. The large sliding doors can enclose the meeting block or open up for town hall gatherings.
Large environmental graphics adorn the core walls while small meeting rooms with bold wall graphic and blue glass sidelights provide some visual connection through the space and features fun bold names such as: The Judgement Room."
AVIVA Canada, digital garage division in the First Canadian Place - designed by figure3. The cutting edge division has partnered with Ryerson’s DMZ business incubator to provide ahead of the game digital solutions to their customers. It is definitely a space buzzing with energy and innovation and a fun space to photograph.
See the Toronto Life article here.
Interface, carpet manufacturer and the leader in sustainability, has moved the Toronto Showroom into the QRC West, and is the first application for LEED V.4 project in Canada - green to the core as they are embracing the Mission Zero goal. The showroom design is part of the global look + feel where the use of materials is meant to be a backdrop to the floor which is the focus. The large spaces on the floor is not only for showcasing products but also to be used by clients and furniture vendors for mock-up and to view products in large scale. The showroom also functions as a flexible meeting and events space for the Architects +Designers community.
Being in a LEED Gold building, all the advanced environmental features are present - LED lighting with occupant sensors, raised floor with HVAC distribution, full height perimeter glazing with lightshelf to maximize daylight, and operable windows for fresh air. The building is also one of the most interesting architectural projects and innovative office tower in downtown Toronto. Go for a visit at the showroom and you will sure love the environment, design, and architecture - what a treat!
Nordstrom opened its first Toronto location and flagship at the Eaton Centre in mid September, with 220,000 s.f. of retail space. Along with typical departments for cosmetics, boutique shops, jewelry, accessories, shoes, mens and womens fashion, it also has 3 bars / restaurants and a cafe. The lounges and personal shopping areas are little gems that offer unique experiences for shoppers. More details can be seen in the blogto and Toronto life articles.