Moving On Up

It was time to move. Cocoon Furnishings had outgrown their Oakville space and needed to relocate to a much larger building. ATA Architects Inc. was retained to convert a 25,000-square-foot warehouse into a retail location that displayed Cocoon’s furniture and home accessory products while providing office space for their growing business. Since Cocoon serves the design industry, a comprehensive sample library and work area (for clients to select fabrics and textiles) were also important requirements.

From the beginning, ATA’s design intent was to create an inviting place that didn’t overwhelm the designers. Display walls were strategically placed to form intimate spaces for furniture vignettes while allowing freedom of movement throughout. These walls, as well as all the millwork, were designed with traditional detailing in a minimalist style to provide contrast to the industrial nature of the building.

A new mezzanine, accessed by a glass-and-steel staircase, added 2,500 square feet of office and meeting space. Large storage and work spaces – used to prepare and assemble shipments for clients – were placed at the opposite end of the building adjacent to the loading locks.