Reimagining Toronto airport's duty free stores
Low ceilings. Limited corridor widths. Specific branding requirements. When Stantec Architecture was hired to redesign the three duty-free stores in Terminal 3 at Toronto Pearson Airport, we had no shortage of constraints.
We made the most of these limitations.
Design and lighting make the ceilings appear higher, and integrated design elements create the feeling of one large store. Yet each has unique elements. Multi-colored panels represent Toronto’s diverse population in the post-security duty free. Ceiling curves with concealed cove lights mimic Ontario lakeshores. A 3D feature wall highlights city scenes in the liquor and tobacco outlet, and a wine bottle chandelier adds sparkle. In fragrance and cosmetics, architectural lighting creates illusion as high fashion displays seem to float away from the bare walls. To accommodate each store’s specific merchandizing standards, we worked remotely with several European brands to dovetail their brand requirements into the overall design.
With the needs of passengers, the airport, and the tenants themselves in the forefront of our minds, we completed the work in two stages to keep the stores operating. And the revenues flowing.
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