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Lemay + Toker Redefines Cultural Landmark with Hudson Block Design

Calgary-based Lemay + Toker, the product of a recent merger between architecture and interior design firm Toker + Associates and Montreal-based integrated services leader Lemay, has worked with community stakeholders and two valued clients to reinvent the historic Hudson Block in downtown Calgary as an inviting, community-oriented space showcasing local artists and the latest in retail design.

Lemay + Toker partnered with ATB Financial, the largest Alberta-based financial institution, and Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters, to develop a space inspired by collaboration, innovation and creativity.

Lemay + Toker Redefines Cultural Landmark with Hudson Block Design
ATB Financial
© Andy Nichols

“Together, ATB Financial and Phil & Sebastian are ushering in a new era of design, one that’s focused on community integration and artistic contribution,” said Eric Toker, co-founder of Toker + Associates and a Lemay + Toker partner. “We are delighted to be part of this partnership and community-hub model.”

Lemay + Toker Redefines Cultural Landmark with Hudson Block Design
© Robert Lemermeyer

ATB Financial had tasked Lemay + Toker with relocating its 9th Avenue branch and corporate space to the main floor of Calgary’s historic Hudson Block Building at 102 8th Avenue SW. Formerly the Hudson Bay Company Department Store (1891), the Roman Revival-style heritage building has been redeveloped as a cultural hub at the heart of downtown.

“The intent was to showcase ATB Financial’s unique style of banking, which focuses on supporting the local community and the arts,” said Dedre Toker, co-founder of Toker + Associates and a Lemay + Toker partner.

Lemay + Toker Redefines Cultural Landmark with Hudson Block Design
© Andy Nichols

The bank’s public-facing areas are defined by custom glass display cabinets, with specialized lighting, for a rotating gallery of quarterly contributions from the Alberta College of Art and Design. Soft seating and lounge-type arrangements encourage visitors and clientele to use the space beyond its core functionality. Its coffee-shop neighbour is equally inviting.

“Phil & Sebastian’s new location represents a major shift away from the standard commuter cafe,” said Dedre. “It also serves as a gallery space for local Market Collective artists, offering a direct touch point between artists and consumers, with all sales proceeds going directly to the artists.”

Lemay + Toker Redefines Cultural Landmark with Hudson Block Design
Phill & Sebastian Coffee Roaster
© Robert Lemermeyer

The café’s custom modular shelving was also designed to display retail products and lush greenery sourced from Calgary’s local arts market and terrarium shop.

Lemay + Toker’s makeover of downtown Calgary’s Hudson Block now provides a showcase for the values of two community-focused businesses, while bringing new life and energy to this unique destination. Both Phil & Sebastian’s and ATB Financial are proud to provide a public space inspired by collaboration, innovation and creativity.

Project Details:
Location: Calgary, Canada
Type: Offices Restaurants + Bars
Project Completion date: 2016
Official project name: ATB Financial; Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters at Hudson Block, Calgary
Design firm: Lemay + Toker (formerly Toker + Associates Architecture Industrial Design Ltd.)
Photographs: Andy Nichols; Robert Lemermeyer, Lemermeyer Photography Inc.
Client: ATB Financial; Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters
Real estate developer: Triovest Realty Advisors Inc.


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