A lobby is all about your arrival. But for Michael Krus, Lead designer for TACT Design, the lobby of Scoop Condos has to show residents that this neighbourhood has arrived. “Scoop is a new player on the block. It’s a significant step for St. Clair because it is the first major development of its kind in the area.” Krus said. This is a neighbourhood where the European aesthetic is alive and thriving. It’s a community with a unique energy thanks to the Brazilian, Italian and Portuguese families that have been calling it home for generations.
That’s why there was a definite need to adopt a more minimal, cleaner style with Scoop. “There was a desire for modern here. But modern with a warmth and craft to it. Clean lines, warm materials, a feeling of comfort in the space; we completely embraced that.”
Step into the lobby and you’ll be charmed. It has a warmth without being sleepy. The common theme here is walnut wood grain. The tones are rich and welcoming. When juxtaposed against highly polished black panels and unique brass accents it creates a slick effect that is, as Krus puts it is “elegant, timeless and reflective.” A big believer in the importance of light and shadow, Krus also wanted the light fixtures to shine in more ways than the wattage they are putting out. “We wanted the lobby to unfold as an array of elegant alternating wood panel with integrated lighting. The light source isn’t an element but a design feature all in itself.” explains Krus.
And although the lobby has an aesthetic that’s hard to tear yourself away from, the other amenities will seduce you and ultimately steal you away. “The library and general meeting room continue the flow of the lobby, the spaces aren’t really separated so there isn’t a deliberate line to where the lobby ends and the amenities begin. The amenities are an extension of the lobby.” says Krus. Rich wood tones, tawny brasses, deep soulful blacks. They all radiate and dial up a contemporary and instinctual flow, while still reinforcing, as Krus puts it, “a feeling of comfort in the space.”
The formal meeting/dining has an adjoining courtyard and communal garden, because let’s face it... what summer dining companion would say no to closing the night out by opening some doors and taking the party outside?