GH+A has been honored with Gold and Silver Maple Leaf Awards for Retail Design, presented at the 2018 Canadian Shopping Centre Awards Oct. 2 at the ICSC Canadian Convention 2018 in Toronto.
GH+A took home the Gold Maple Leaf Award—Retail Design, for its work on The Hudson’s Bay Company renovation and complete redesign of its store, La Baie d’Hudson, at Les Promenades Gatineau in Gatineau, Que., Canada, and the Silver Maple Leaf Award in this same category for the entire interior and exterior design of Hendriks Restaurant & Bar in Toronto.
“We’re thrilled to have won these awards for The Hudson’s Bay Company in Gatineau and for Hendriks. Being recognized by the industry for excellence in retail design is obviously tremendously rewarding,” states Paola Marques, partner at GH+A. “These awards, combined with our first-place win for Saks Food Hall by Pusateri’s at the ICSC VIVA Awards this past May, demonstrates our versatility and strength in creating dynamic retail environments for a multitude of uses. Whether we’re talking large-scale development projects, department stores, stand-alone restaurants or European-inspired food halls, we understand the retail design components that go into creating innovative and memorable spaces for shoppers, and our clients. We pride ourselves in not only delivering award-winning retail designs but unique and responsive solutions that fulfill our customers’ objectives.”
La Baie d’Hudson, Les Promenades Gatineau, Gatineau, Que., Canada
The mandate for The Hudson’s Bay Company’s new 140,600-sq.-ft. La Baie d’Hudson concept store at Les Promenades Gatineau centered around reinventing this heritage brand by injecting new style into the mix. It was important to highlight the company’s legacy position in the industry while projecting an updated contemporary image. The renovation incorporates new brands, services, treatment rooms and a full assortment of categories for a truly redefined and elevated shopping experience.
Improved vistas and sightlines are realized throughout while keeping a departmental shop-in-shop experience with crisp, bright space and inspirational visual zones within each area to enhance the design’s modernity. The open, airy, and expansive design incorporates a warm monochromatic palette and features open structures with vignettes of lifestyle merchandise and key fashion moments, vertical merchandise display units, transparent panels, unique lighting fixtures, subtle accents of metal and wood, and a variety of flooring materials to complement the visual appeal of the space.
Hendriks Restaurant & Bar, Toronto
Hendriks is a completely reinvented 7,600-sq.-ft. haven of top-notch casual dining located on a busy commercial stretch in downtown Toronto. The mandate was a complete interior and exterior makeover of an existing space, as well as branding, logo, name and iconic graphic creation. The goal: create a warm and refined environment—a new take on a classic New York steak and seafood restaurant for corporate executives, theatre goers, and shoppers alike. The exterior façade was redefined—new windows, marquee, awnings, updated finishes of black aluminum, granite, and limestone, and a giant illuminated clock that frames the entrance to the restaurant/bar – to create a sleek and sophisticated feel.
The steakhouse-meets-oyster-bar exudes classic warmth, incorporating a subtle mix of art deco design cues, walnut wood veneers, industrial design elements, penny tiles and accents of the brand’s bold blue signature colour. Floating wood coffered ceilings, wood paneled and brick walls, and wide planked floors in the main dining area compliment a variety of natural stone and porcelain tiles adorning the floors and columns. As a clear indicator of place, an iconic large-scale, laser-cut black marble logo is inset within a white porcelain floor at the entrance, spanning the entire width of the bar to welcome all who enter.