Canadian Interiors


Here’s to retail design expert GH+A

GH+A – the retail design expert with offices located in Montreal, Quebec and Detroit – has won four awards at the ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Awards.

The ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Awards program is designed to honour the industry’s brightest and best. The program brings information and insight to the entire industry on what it takes to achieve high levels of accomplishment and success. Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the design and development of retail properties.

Recently, ICSC announced the winners of the 2012 Canadian Shopping Centre Awards at a gala event at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto. 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 2013.

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

• CORE: Maple Leaf Gold Award

• Promenades Cathédrale (Food Court): Maple Leaf Silver Award

• Richmond Adelaide Centre (Food Court): Maple Leaf Silver Award

• Toronto Eaton Centre (Urban Eatery): Maple Leaf Gold Award


About GH+A

Founded 27 years ago, GH+A’s visionary approach to retail design focuses on creating dynamic environments including specialty store design, shopping centre refurbishments, mixed-use retail programming and strategic brand positioning. GH+A is a powerful and versatile force in the retail design and branding universe. With offices located in Montreal, Quebec and Detroit, GH+A designs for an international market.


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.

More about the award winners

The CORE – Maple Leaf Gold Award

– GH+A in collaboration with MMC International Architects

Located in the heart of Calgary’s central business district, the CORE is an ambitious urban renewal project consisting of the redevelopment of three previously disjointed properties into a single integrated multi-use complex. Under a canopy of structural glass, the largest of its kind in North America, visitors relish a vibrant streetscape experience awash in natural light. The expansive glass roof emulates outdoor plazas and promenades, distinguishing itself with high street retail energy.

Promenades Cathédrale – Maple Leaf Silver Award

– GH+A in collaboration with Groupe Archifin

In its unique subterranean location below a major downtown cathedral in Montreal’s underground city, the food court has been entirely re-planned and revamped. Bearing no resemblance to its former self, the food court is a refuge of serenity and freshness amidst the constant rush of passersby.

Richmond Adelaide Centre – Maple Leaf Silver Award

GH+A in collaboration with WZMH Architects

The relocated food court is situated on the lower level of a corporate office complex along Toronto’s underground walkway, the PATH. Diners can choose from sitting below the new public courtyard with its glass floor providing them with teasers of the activity above, or more intimate settings under the wood checkerboard gazebo or in the woven metal ceiling.

Toronto Eaton Centre – Maple Leaf Gold Award

– GH+A in collaboration with Queen’s Quay Architects International

– Galleria Design Architects: Giannone Petricone Associates

The Urban Eatery represents the casual dining segment of the Toronto Eaton Centre revitalization program. Aptly named, the relocated food court is the ultimate urban dining experience within a classic modernist setting.

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