There was a lot to get excited about at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough Campus in the summer of 2015, with the opening of the CIBC Pan Am / Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House in March 2015, prior to the start of the games. The Aquatics events only upped the ante, as Canadian swimmers hauled in an unprecedented number of medals at the games, many of them Gold. But there’s more to get excited about at the pool than just the swimming, if you’re into retail design.
As an Aquatic Centre it was important to communicate the nature of the Centre throughout the space. To achieve that we used blue tiles of varying hues on the floor and up the pillars, employed blue wave graphics on walls, and divided the food vendor counters with rippled stainless steel panels reflecting the shimmer of water. In the ceiling, the faux beams were suspended at varying heights to resemble waves and also hides the downlighting on the dining tables.
Tempered glass railings section counters from seating but provide transparency throughout space, allowing light to flow between areas. In Addition In we worked with both Pizza Pizza and the Pool Sides Bar & Grill (Aramark) to develop their individual spaces and in the case of Pizza Pizza, to modernize their architectural décor package.