8 149 square metres (87 7115 square feet)
34 722 square metres (8.6 acres)
The Shops at Carrington Green is a new-build commercial development designed to support the surrounding communities of Evanston, Sage Hills, Nolan Hill, Livingston and Panorama Hills. Anchored by Loblaws, this shopping centre features a variety of smaller scale retailers in a series of ten satellite buildings.
Organizing principles for the site include two primary axes: a north/south high street, and an east/west pedestrian spine that terminates at the Loblaws front entrance. The intersection of these two axes form a focal point of interest on the site. Pedestrian connectivity throughout the site also links to the adjacent park lands to the south, providing a continuous pedestrian route through the site and into the adjacent communities. Our client envisioned a development in which the pedestrian spaces were sufficiently developed to encourage shoppers to move between the storefronts on foot, rather than driving between individual storefronts.
Royop tasked Systemic with a creating a building presentation that aligned with its goals for exceptional placemaking as part of its corporate mandate. This required Systemic to create a series of unique experiences within the shopping centre, and to provide a high level of detail that is evident and appreciated at the pedestrian level. The stylistic direction requested by Royop was for a “contemporary country” aesthetic. This presented challenges in terms of achieving the stylistic goals without becoming kitschy or utilizing overtly “traditional country” detailing. To this end Systemic resolved a series of design elements anchored under traditional roof forms: these forms mix traditional board and batten wood and brick materials with modern glass storefronts. Specific attention was given to the use of a limited amount of distressed wood in feature areas. The resulting aesthetic balances these traditional cues with a modern, crisp commercial aesthetic.