Holt Renfrew Flagship, Calgary

Situated at the east axial focal point of the redeveloped Calgary Eaton Centre, a dramatic 40’ tall façade of marble, glass and steel marks the grand entry to Holt Renfrew’s new Calgary store., Behind this elegant façade located on the upper level (+30) and housed within a light filled double height space topped by a skylight, will be Holt’s Men’s shoes, furnishings and clothing areas including a special room dedicated to Mens Sartoriale. At the center of the Men’s floor is Holt’s internal atrium, a sculpted angular space which connects all three levels of the project. Daylight from the skylight above filters through the atrium to each level of the store, while escalators carry customers between floors. The Men’s space is detailed with a floor of Nestos Greek marble and walls of richly stained zebra wood.

The street level of the store features two main entrances, one on the Seventh Avenue side and one on the Eighth Avenue side of 4th Street. Each entry is marked by a soaring sculptural “lantern” which rises 70’ to the top of the building. The lanterns are composed of hundreds of sculpted steel panels and are internally illuminated. The light is designed to filter through the panels, creating a soft glow and an iconic architectural statement. The two main entrances, and a third entrance located at the Transit Station, are all connected by an open air covered “galleria” featuring 10’ tall display windows and views directly into the store. The galleria has been completely redesigned and features new energy efficient metal halide lighting, also used within the store and walls of Nestos Greek marble.


The entrances are connected on the interior of the store by an internal “street”, which runs from Seventh to Eighth Avenue and connects Cosmetic, Fragrance, Jewelry and Handbag departments, and leads directly to the base of the atrium at the center of the store. The Women’s Shoes department is located just beyond the atrium. The street level is detailed with a floor of Giada Greek marble with inlaid Nestos Greek marble patterns at the base of the atrium and within the Handbag department.

The second level of the store (+15) houses Women’s clothing, and features a floor of Giada Greek marble, inlaid with various woods and stones selected to complement each department: Women’s designer clothing has a floor of Italian Classic Linea marble, Women’s Branded and Goldrange areas have a floor of Italian terrazzo, and the Women’s contemporary area has a floor composed of distressed wood.

The store is detailed throughout with polished and satin finish stainless steel, and various glasses, including clear, white, antiqued and tinted. Fixtures are detailed with fine wood veneers, leathers, marbles and lacquers. There are various unique furnishings, area rugs and carpets throughout the store, selected to complement various departments and spaces.


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