UMBRA Retail and Concept Store that located in Toronto, Canada, was designed by Kohn Shnier Architects in collaboration with Figure 3 interior designers . Two floors of retail are tied together by opening a volume of space between them linked by a set of ramping platforms. Simultaneously circulation and display space, this element gives visitors time to adapt to a retail experience shaped by light. Access to the lower portion of the space is by a wide short stair that eliminates any sense of hierarchy between the two levels.The existing steel frame building is fitted out with a new, more environmentally efficient envelope of glass and charcoal grey concrete masonry units which is in turn enveloped in a decorative veil of vertically oriented plastic panels.
Three hundred polycarbonate panels, each measuring 16 inches wide by more than 10 feet highbare extruded in a vibrant colour saturated with pink overtones designed to catch the attention of Queen Street West pedestrian and stand out against the background of its immediate context.