Mendocino: Yorkdale
Toronto, Ontario
[id] Retail
296 sqm | 3195 sqft

Project Team large [medium] design office
Nadia Cannataro, Francesco Martire
Structural RJC Engineers 
Mechanical Prophase Engineering
Electrical Tristar Engineering

Photographs A Frame

Materials and design elements from previous locations are boldly reinterpreted within a new contextual expression.

The conceptual framework of the project takes its cues from various tailoring techniques as folding, pleating and layering are supplanted as constructs of spatial territory. A long and narrow base building space, very challenging from a retailing perspective, is activated with a continuous undulating ribbon of the perimeter bulkhead to entice and define the space. A crisply folded wood screen creates intricacies in an extremely tall storefront as it engages and attracts mall patrons. A large ‘X’ shaped display platform within the storefront creates a sense of drama while maximizing the use of an odd shaped entry space into the retail environment.

Fitting rooms have been deployed in two zones within the store. A small bank of three fitting rooms centralized in the store assist staff as they manage customers and sales during moments of lower traffic. A second fitting room area at the rear of the store offers a more luxurious and intimate shopping experience. This area is supplemented with a lounge-like space for groups to comfortably wait for friends trying on garments. .

A layered lapped series of panels subtly transitions through a gradient of white to charcoal grey crafting an understated navigational tool, leading patrons around the entirety of the store to explore all of the goods presented. 

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