How can a modest existing space be transformed into the Greenest Showroom in North America?

Mohawk | Daltile Toronto Showroom

This groundbreaking project began with a unique opportunity for collaboration. When flooring company Mohawk Group teamed up with established tile manufacturer Daltile, they knew they would need an innovative space to display their newly combined collection of products. After acquiring an existing 5,000 square foot lease space in Toronto, Canada, these ecologically conscious product manufacturers turned to McLennan Design to transform their otherwise modest space into a high-end, one-of-a-kind showroom. The project set out with a lofty goal: to create the Greenest Showroom in North America, and perhaps the world.

Program: Commercial Showroom
Location: Toronto, Canada
Year: 2019
Status: Under Construction
Program Size: 5,000 SQFT
Client: Mohawk Group + Daltile
Consultants: Integral Group, Christine Lintott Architects
Design/Project Team: Jason F McLennan, Dale Duncan, Blake Gallagher, Galen Carlson, Phaedra Svec

The showroom, which is now under construction and will open to the public in March of 2019, is targeting Living Building Challenge (LBC) Materials Petal Certification and WELL Building Certification. These ambitious targets required complete transparency and rigorous coordination through both design and construction. The entire showroom will be outfitted by Mohawk and Daltile products that have been identified as Red-List Free, many of which have achieved a Declare Label. During its demolition phase, the space underwent careful deconstruction to ensure usable material was salvaged for future reuse.

Functional Elegance

The project is as functional as it is beautiful. The showroom’s careful design makes thousands of tile and carpet samples accessible to salespeople and customers in a combination of a materials library, innovative displays, generous storage and finishes. It features dedicated space for sample viewing, informal work and collaboration spaces, a conference room, private workspace for Mohawk | Daltile employees, a kitchenette and flexible space that will house mobile displays that can be removed to accommodate parties and gatherings.

Biophilic Design

Throughout the ideation process, the design of the space was thought of through a Biophilic lens. Which elements can bring nature into the space? How can natural light and views be maximized? Where can natural materials and beautiful finishes bring warmth and comfort into the project? Questions such as these, asked early on in conceptual design, helped guide the project to a final result that is both inviting and inspiring.

Innovative Collaborations

Mohawk | Daltile’s commitment to sustainability has resulted in some of the deepest green products and spaces in the flooring and commercial finishes industry. For more celebration of this company’s innovative collaborations with McLennan Design, see our award-winning Lichen Collection

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