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Newest of the two 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters locations designed by HDI, the Fortis BC Building lobby location in Downtown Vancouver  came with a variety of unique challenges. A  commercial style kitchen was essential  to achieve the client’s vision, but the existing space was not zoned or deemed occupiable to accommodate. The creation of an entire building system would be  required.   We  needed to "build a building within a building" that would meet local health, safety and fire codes.  Since we were to build a box within a box, we thought, why not treat it as such. A “gift wrapped box” inspired the bold and graphic striped Carrera marble look tile and white oak striping that encloses the self-contained fire-rated kitchen and mechanical space. 


The design direction for the front counter was a clean contemporary look, with  black framed glass display cases to highlight the gourmet doughnuts. We paired black metal accents with rich marbles, warm oak wood tones and leather benches to create a warm and sophisticated café environment.

Once a run down laundromat, the Main Street location  revitalized a building with plenty of inherent character. This trendy coffee spot is a popular Vancouver icon with an open patio and comfortable seating. This project was previously 1st place winner of the North West Design Awards and a winner of the IDIBC Shine Awards in the Food & Beverage Category. The design was inspired by the early 20th century Brooklyn/industrial warehouse look. 

Simple, yet bold, bespoke wall sconces and dramatic large-scale pendant lighting were installed over the long service counter and seating areas  to create a sense of awe.

A vast  wood ceiling "box" feature with wire mesh was added to help conceal the required large ducting vent overhead.

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