Design serves up sophisticated food hall
SAKS FOOD HALL BY PUSATERI’S |CF Sherway Gardens, Toronto
size 18,500 sf
completion March 2016
photos Yves Lefebvre Photography
Contributing Shop! member:
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-conscious, luxury 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 service departments alludes to Pusateri’s proud Italian roots.
Ceiling archways finished with bronze, octagonal-shaped mosaic tiles delineate departments as a succession of arcades, while a signature herringbone floor pattern throughout all zones creates cohesiveness. Dry products, such as high-end olive oils and truffles, are displayed similar to perfume bottles in a boutique.
The produce section features custom refrigerated multilevel units with integrated lighting. Individual fresh produce is tagged with location of origin, name, and special features. A digitally managed menu in the deli department provides content flexibility and quick turnaround for featuring daily specials.
A metal decorative structure with floating glass bubbles reminiscent of champagne bubbles serves as the light fixture over the champagne bar. Light fixtures at the sushi bar resemble fish skeletons. Reflective surfaces such as metal, mirror, aluminum, and glass brighten the space and mitigate the sensation of low ceilings.