True to form, Patagonia wanted to take the time to bring its first space in Vancouver back to its roots, to reveal the space’s original life as a timber warehouse. Though changed over time to suit varying retail needs, we saw to it that the building was restored to its heyday. By tending to and polishing the original concrete slabs, its imperfections were celebrated; structural modifications ensured current codes were met without losing the building’s character; and timber and steel were fitting materials to create a stunning, formidable stairwell at the entrance. Perhaps one of the most impactful design features can be found on the exterior—custom CorTen-like steel shingles were designed and installed providing a showstopping view from Maple Street. When the doors were opened for business, Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighborhood was given a space that not only respected, but celebrated, the history of the building and its surrounding neighborhood.

Proscenium Architecture + Interiors, Inc
5,000 Square Feet