The circular ramp within the rectilinear envelope of Ottawa’s Train Station, designed by mid-century modern architect John B. Parkin, provided a departure point for our internal design department at Rideau Centre. Looking to Aldo Van Eyck’s plays on pure geometries in his contemporaneous Sculpture Pavilion, the store explores the intersections between lines and curves.
Slender, handmade tiles in mottled herbal hues form an unceasing grid along the walls. Recessed shelving reinforces the lines while rhythmic concaves become unexpected places of passage and pause. A floating, circular basin of green-beige terrazzo appears in plan as the convex form sliced from the walls.
‘In seeking absolute truth we aim at the unattainable and must be content with broken portions.’