Ivanhoe Cambridge Management Offices, Operations and Housekeeping, Tsawwassen
Ivanhoe Cambridge required offices and infrastructure to support the operations of their newly constructed 1.2 million square foot outlet shopping mall in Tsawwassen, BC. As the mall is located 5km from a major ferry terminal and 25km from the Vancouver International Airport, inspiration was drawn from the idea of transportation and executed through the documentation of paths of individuals as they move through the suite. Traces of moment are captured through wooden beams on the corridor ceilings and etchings on the glass walls. The proximity to the beach was expressed in the flooring with linear tile moving across the floor in the same way that the tide would roll in and out; tidal pools were articulated through wall covering in each office. A competition was held to commission local photographers to provide regional imagery at reception and the staff kitchen.
Ivanhoe Cambridge Management Offices, Operations, Security and Housekeeping, Winnipeg
The Outlet Collection Winnipeg celebrates the industrial history of the prairie city of Winnipeg and we were especially inspired by the proximity to the Royal Canadian Mint where all Canadian coins are manufactured. Industrial punched metal sheets line the corridor ceiling with reference to the nearby junction of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers at either end reminiscent of Winnipeg’s origins as a trading centre.
McCrum’s Furniture Showroom Renovation
McCrum’s wished to update their showroom to reflect a new generation of ownership; infusing the space with modernity, but still recognizing the 40 year history of the brand. One of our challenges was creating a refresh without major changes to the base building. Our approach was to create a variety of art installations from either salvaged materials demolished during the renovation (such as the acrylic balusters from the existing mezzanine guardrail) or waste materials that result from the manufacturing process of the products that they carry.
The outcome is an entrance chandelier sculpture handmade from punched pieces of metal leftover from the fabrication of architectural walls suspended from reclaimed acrylic balusters. A vertical layered wood sculpture behind reception made from veneers scraps from the production of casegoods with a geometry responding to the chandelier above; this is attached to architectural wall panels at the front and only steel frames as it wraps around the reception corner showcasing the structural integrity of the furniture wall system. The library mimics the vertical wood veneer at the front with strips of a wool textile that McCrum’s carries with swatches attached in flags at the ends allowing clients to see and touch the materials library offering in a simple and uncluttered way.
Interior Designer: The Karo Group
The owners of Cafe Blanca, an independent coffee shop in the Eau Claire area of Calgary, wanted to create a space that would become a gathering spot for local artists, designers and musicians. The cafe is zoned into 3 areas: central high seating area, a low casual area with cushions and benches for longer stays and a more private room for those who wanted space to work or host a private function.
The casual seating area converts into a stage for bands and other performances by a series of hinged millwork pieces that can be moved to cater to the performers and audience. A hand-made coffee cup sculpture is suspended prominently in the heart of the cafe adding whimsy and also sound absorption to combat the open-ceiling.
The main coffee counter features the production of Cafe Blanca’s signature offering: siphon-brewed coffee. They are the only cafe in the city to offer this alongside freshly made in-house meals and pastries.
All wall graphics, signage and menus were designed by Gritt Media and cafe aprons and coffee cup sculpture were designed and fabricated by Studio Presber.