Fashion Central is a retail centre that extends through three historic buildings on Calgary’s Stephen Avenue. Our scope of work included building upgrades, restoration, renovations, and interior design; we gave special consideration to the historic significance of the brick and masonry construction that typifies early 20th century Calgary. Acknowledging this historic context, our design gives a contemporary expression to the tradition of the retail street.
- The main development extends through three storeys across the Alberta and Hull Blocks, and includes 7 shops with street frontage, 18 shops with interior access, and cafe spaces.
- The development was created by opening the interior space of both blocks to create a common floor plate centered on a skylit atrium, with an open staircase encircled by glass-railed terraces at each storey.
- The MacNaughten Block, now home to a shoe retailer, was developed by raising the roof of a single storey building and adding a mezzanine level enclosed by the exterior walls of the neighboring buildings.
- Glazed interior storefronts are demised at oblique angles, creating a kinetic impression of space that functions to increase the visibility of signage and displays.
- The interior is unified with coloured finishes and polished metal accents that tie into the centre’s branding.