Design serves up sophisticated food hall
SAKS FOOD HALL BY PUSATERI’S |CF Sherway Gardens, Toronto, ON, Canada
size: 18,500 sf
completion: March 2016
photos: Yves Lefebvre Photography
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GH+A design studios design
SHOWCASING AN INTERNATIONAL ARRAY OF EPICUREAN DELIGHTS, this food hall engages guests with sights and aromas in a sophisticated setting that mixes earth tones with highly reflective surfaces.
The clean, modern environment – with nods to Italian heritage, classic architecture, and European food halls – appeals to fashion-conscience, luxury department store customers.
Adjacent to the men’s department on the store’s lower level, the food hall offers two entrances. One is from the lower level of the exterior parking garage. The other, via an escalator from the store’s main level, provides an open vista view of the vast space. A champagne bar sits at the entrance. Stations with seating are concentrated near the escalators and menswear department, ready to indulge arriving shoppers to sit down, relax, and re-energize.
Inspired by the layouts of European food halls, culinary stations create a dynamic interplay of traditional shopping aisles and specialty stations. Interior signage using traditional Italian names for various service departments alludes to Pusateri’s proud Italian roots.
Other design features include:
- Installing a signature herringbone floor pattern throughout all the zones to create cohesiveness.
- Recalling classic architecture by delineating departments with ceiling archways as a succession of arcades.
- Displaying dry products, such as high-end olive oils and truffles, similar to perfume bottles in a boutique.
- Equipping the produce section – featuring custom-designed refrigerated multi-level units – with integrated lighting.
- Tagging individual fresh produce with location of origin, name, and special features.
- Finishing archways with bronze, octagonal-shaped mosaic tiles.
- Using a digitally-managed menu in the deli department to provide content flexiblity and quick turnaround for featuring daily specials.
More highlights are unique lighting such as a metal decorative structure with floating glass bubbles – reminiscent of champagne bubbles – over the champagne bar. Light fixtures at the sushi bar resemble fish skeletons.
Reflective surfaces such as metal, mirror, aluminum, and glass also brighten the space and mitigate the sensation of low ceilings.