Abugov Kaspar provided architecture and interior design services for the Mount Royal Village renovation; our work included major interior and exterior upgrades of this landmark retail centre.
A Dated Aesthetic
The original building was dated inside and out. Visitors entered the building under a cupola feature designed with copper panels. And as much as this was a popular material at the time, it has since fallen out of step with retail design trends.
Similarly, the original building skin used brick with round-head window openings along both 16th Avenue and 8th Street elevations – another vestige of the prevailing design aesthetic of the time.
The preponderance of brick gave the building a monotonous and monolithic (if you can forgive the pun) presence at street level.
Our upgrades introduce variations in cladding, along with a curtain wall on the 8th street elevation. 16th Avenue storefronts now feature operable glass wall systems; these elements greatly improve the building’s interactivity with the public sphere.
A redesign of the entrance vestibule makes use of glazing and architectural metal panels. Learn more about our architectural work on Mount Royal Village here.
Interior upgrades were part of our scope of work on the Mount Royal Village renovation.
As with the building’s exterior, the interior was dated and in need of upgrades that would brighten and modernize the space. The interior redesign also improves circulation within the building, with subtle detailing intended to help with wayfinding.
A new glazed enclosure in the stairwell opens up interior site lines and increases natural light, while providing a feature display space for one of the building’s long-term tenants.
High gloss acrylic panels give the interior a bold new look; other interior work includes new floor coverings and wall finishes, updated lighting, and upgrades to washrooms and elevators.