Toronto Architectural Photographer
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!
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!
A fun little throwback to 2014 with the R and e-module cloud. You can also see some more behind the scenes shoot tips in the zoomfinder article! [video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="http://stevetsaiphotography.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/arca-rm3di-rotation.mp4"][/video]
This documents the setup with e-module cloud and the 8 year old Phase One P65+ back. Finally have the opportunity to upgrade to IQ3 60 this year and catch up with modern features. I still miss the work horse P back in some ways, it is solid and stands as an industrial design history piece :-)
figure3 designed this newswire's office located at one of the top floors of WaterPark Place. The reception area features a copper screen that wraps as a floating ceiling into the divider screen between the board room and the reception desk. The design draws inspiration from the ticker tape which were used to carry digital messages prior to computers. Eventscape helped turn this vision into the impressively warm and organic element that envelops visitors as they enter the space. Being on such a high floor facing the lake grants breathtaking views inside the alluring board room where one is always inspired by our beautiful waterfront off in the distance. Custom designed environmental graphics were used to inspire and communicate the corporate value.
Scalar office, designed by figure3, features a cool and sophisticated space with light penetration between spaces. In the workspace, flexible and varied settings cater to different work style needs and enable convenient collaboration points. The large cafe + servery features sliding doors that open up completely to transform into a large space for town hall gathering.
As a look back at the past year, here is a sampling of what I was up to. The year was filled with an interesting mix of captures for varied spaces from epic scale corporate towers to intimate retail and residential spaces. On the portrait side, a couple of fashion editorial environmental portrait projects provided opportunities to play with both space and figures. For fine art, I held a solo exhibition presenting the Day Dream series in the summer.
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Best wishes for 2016 and may the year bring you success and joy abundant! Steve
Brand new Maison Birks designed by Ædifica featuring Chandelier by Lumenpulse. The bold and clever storefront plays with the diamond motif and incorporates a luxurious angled wood archway that make shoppers do a double-take as they approach. The expanse of circular clear storefront reveals various zones and vendor areas creating an open view compared to the traditionally concealed jewelry stores. Faceted and layered frit pattern on the glazing make the entire store look like a sparkly gem stone. Inside the archway, customers are greeted with the shimmering chandelier that hovers above the central display atop the custom mosaic patterned tiles. Throughout the store, displays and fixtures juxtapose wood against white and chrome details along with custom wallpaper and frames that convey the BIRKS heritage altogether creating a modernized environment that caters to the new generation.
I had the pleasure of photographing this modern bank in the spring. The clean double height storefront beacons with a large digital display, surrounded by bottom-lit animated angled wood panels that convey warmth and fun, a fresh look not usually expected from a bank.
The angular theme is completed throughout the architecture and interior. Boomerang shaped reception desk adds dynamism in the front lobby while the perspective accentuating slanted wood bay on the left side houses the main service desks where warm wood surround and desk height clerks greet customers in the seated position that adds to the approachable feel. On the right side, a lounge is situated in front of a large clear meeting room which anchors a bank of offices with clear glazed fronts. Inside, trapezoidal felt panels in organic pattern and colour add comfort and energy while adjacent exterior facing windows are also covered in translucent film of the same pattern - which forms a large messaging area for the entire side of the building.
This branch design is refreshing and is clearly aimed at the urbanites of Toronto, I can't imagine anyone coming out of the branch without a smile on their face!