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figure3 combines retail and health spa to create an oasis in the historic Toronto Distillery District

August 3, 2007
by Canadian Architect

Oasis, Canada’s largest day spa and wellness centre, recently opened in Toronto’s Distillery District. Award-winning design firm figure3 completely redesigned the 23,000-square-foot facility to meet the needs of both a retail and treatment space with all of the modern amenities expected of a first-class spa. figure3 provided full interior design services including concept development, a furniture and fixture program, brand concepts and graphics application.

The multi-use space required creative solutions to synchronize the retail application with the working spa areas. “Incorporating retail with a working spa while synchronizing new and old design elements was challenging, but the end result has proven to be both aesthetically pleasing and functional,” comments Chris Wright, a partner in figure3.

Maintaining the 19th-century historical features that are the trademark of the Distillery District spawned creative injections of modern style that fused seamlessly into old time craftsmanship. Exposed wooden beams, hardwood floors, and brick were a priority, but including modern features such as cool curved white screens, illuminated imagery, and custom made light fixtures, helped shape the brand and the image of Oasis Spa.

The ground-floor retail space doubles as the entrance to the spa, as well as a showroom for Oasis Spa’s all natural product offerings. A carefully designed floor plan organically filters people through the space introducing visitors to the holistic products that are used during treatments. figure3’s concept throughout the space had to not only meet the spas need for comfort and functionality but also had to remain consistent with the ruggedness of the previously industrial space.

Respecting the existing space as well as the surrounding buildings was crucial to maintain the unique feel that the Distillery District exudes. With careful planning and execution, figure3 successfully accomplished the goal of creating a dual-purpose space that significantly contributes to the entire spa experience and ultimately fulfilling the needs of Oasis Spa. The Distillery community and all those who visit the area now have a place to relax, release and revive.

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