• October 9, 2015

    GH+A Wins 6 Awards at the ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Awards

    Toronto, ON (Oct.8, 2015) - The International Council of Shopping Centers, (ICSC) in keeping with its long-standing tradition of recognising and honouring the shopping centre industry's most cutting-edge, innovative solutions and creative responses to market trends, as well as outstanding examples of retail store design, announced its award recipients for the 2015 Canadian Shopping Centre Global Awards programs last night at a gala event at the Metro Convention Centre inToronto

    GH+A is a proud member of the following winning project teams (in alphabetical order):

    • Danier: Maple Leaf Silver Award
    • Naturiste: Maple Leaf Gold Award
    • RBC WaterPark Place: Maple Leaf Gold Award
    • Rideau Centre (including the Dining Hall): Maple Leaf Gold Award
    • Sleep Country: Maple Leaf Silver Award
    • Valmont Galerie Gastronomique: Maple Leaf Gold Award

    In addition, all gold award winners will be automatically eligible to win the ICSC VIVA Best of the Best Award. This award recognizes the shopping centre industry's most cutting edge properties throughout the world and will be presented during the RECon convention in Las Vegas in May 2016.

    About GH+A: Founded in 1985, GH+A's visionary approach to retail design focuses on creating dynamic environments including shopping malls, food courts and restaurants, specialty stores and department stores. Theypride themselves on offering a wide array of professional services to its clients, including retail programming, space planning and analysis, design concepts, brand graphics and rollout programs. They are committed to offering innovative and integrated design solutions and they consider every project as an opportunity to make retail more vital. With offices located in Montreal, Quebec and Detroit, Michigan, they design for a global market. www.ghadesign.com

    About ICSC: Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 55,000 members in over 90 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials. As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world. www.icsc.org

    Winning project images are:

    Danier - Maple Leaf Silver Award
    An environment of timeless warmth evokes similar qualities to those reminiscent of a favourite leather garment. Clean lines and noble materials add modern sophistication from the store entrance throughout its entire length. A central runway of mannequins and fixtures atop a herringbone walnut floor are easily movable to accommodate a large volume of guests for special in-store events.

    NATURISTE - Maple Leaf Gold Award

    The new owners of Naturiste decided the time was ripe to shed the tired image of a beloved Quebec natural health store brand and embark on the journey of complete reinvention. GH+A was hired to completely redesign the in-store experience that embraced the notions of wellness and healthy living. The scope of the project was to design a new prototype mall store format that would convey a casual accessible tone and evoke a sense of community. The new prototype is reassuring and comfortable while incorporating a plethora of visual touch points.

    RBC WaterPark Place - Maple Leaf Gold Award

    In collaboration with WZMH Architects
    Developer: Oxford Properties Group

    The food court seamlessly connects the old WaterPark Place at 10 and 20 Bay with the new tower at 88 Queen's Quay. It straddles both the old and new buildings, linking the three buildings in one single complex with a cohesive look and feel. The dated architecture elements were replaced with clean lines, noble materials, and a brighter color palette contributing to modernize the volumes and elevate the design into the realm of a world-class corporate property.

    Rideau Centre Dining Hall - Maple Leaf Gold Award

    In collaboration with Groupe Archifin
    Developer: Cadillac Fairview Corporation


    The Dining Hall at Rideau Centre is a one-of-a-kind dining experience for Ottawa shoppers and visitors, while demonstrating Cadillac Fairview's commitment to environmental sustainability. Situated in the heart of downtown Ottawa, the former food court was relocated from one end of the mall to another, and up one floor in a former Sears space. The new Dining Hall increased the seating capacity by 70% and welcomed new specialized gourmet eateries from Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal. With its high-end finishes more reminiscent of a sophisticated restaurant or hotel lobby than a food court, and its varied seating arrangements, a new culinary experience has been achieved.

    Sleep Country - Maple Leaf Silver Award

    A new design concept meant to appeal to home décor customers in malls was created for Sleep Country corresponding to the company's expansion plans into shopping centre locations. In playing with the idea of sleep and dreams, a playful sense of humour was introduced.

    Valmont Galerie Gastronomique - Maple Leaf Gold Award

    Valmont Galerie Gastronomique in Quartier Dix30, redefines the specialty grocery store product offering and customer service paradigm.The concept is set in a crisp white and black upscale environment reflecting an aspirational lifestyle. ''Food is Fashion'' was a guiding principle in the design approach where food is presented within a visually uncluttered and refined setting. The textures, colours and beauty of the food are the centre of attraction. The fashion look is expressed through the highly reflective surfaces, an aesthetic often found in high-end apparel stores.