Herschel Supply Co. Flagship Store

Herschel Supply Co. Flagship Store

Client  ·  Herschel Canada
Location  ·  Vancouver, BC, Canada
Completion  ·  2014

Architecture  ·  KRA
Interior Design  ·  OAO + KRA
Construction Management  ·  Bon Constructors

Herschel Supply Co. Flagship store opened its doors in Vancouver’s historic Gastown neighbourhood in 2014. Located within a strict heritage designated building, the project posed unique challenges by merging a contemporary aesthetic with interior elements original to the building that must be maintained due to their heritage value.

The design of the store was a collaborative effort between KRA, Omer Arbel Office, and Herschel’s in-house retail design team.

The interior boasts a bright contemporary flair that contrasts with the heritage nature of the old brick building. Wood materials were used extensively for floors, walls, and merchandise displays. An “infinity room” with wall-to-wall mirrors creates limitless reflections while showcasing products.

The rear of the store was retained as a patio-like open retail space with the entire brick wall reconstructed. Floor-to-ceiling sliding windows open to provide fresh air and views of the North Shore mountains.

Acting as Prime Consultant and Architect of Record, KRA provided a full scope of architectural services from project start to completion, as well as design assistance along with Omer Arbel Office, preparation of a Conservation Report for the heritage designated building, landlord and strata coordination, and City permit applications.

Photography  by Britney Gill