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Press kit - Press release - Architecture and Design Firm ÆDIFICA  Stands Out on the International Stage - Aedifica

Architecture and Design Firm ÆDIFICA Stands Out on the International Stage

Brooklyn, United States


The firm’s achievements include the prestigious STORE OF THE YEAR award for its work with Barneys New York, a high-end department store chain

Montreal, Canada, 2011-02-13 - Ædifica has been honoured in New York at the prestigious Retail Store of the Year competition for the design of the Barneys New York co-op store in Brooklyn. The project achieved the highest award—Retail Store of the Year—in addition to taking first place in the Soft Lines (5,000 to 15,000 sq.  ft.) and Fitting Room categories.

The competition, organized by the American magazine Chain Store Age, also spotlighted the design quality of another of the firm’s projects: SAQ Signature. This initiative earned the firm first place in the Specialty Food category. The design, a co-creation by Montréal firms Ædifica and Sid Lee and the SAQ’s design department, has won two international awards. Last December, SAQ Signature won first place in the Retail Design Institute’s International Store Design Awards competition in the Specialty Food Store (3,001 to 5,000 sq. ft.) category.

Local and Canada-wide visibility
Ædifica has also distinguished itself nationally by winning a Gold Award in the Temporary or Portable category at the Canada-wide Design Exchange Awards 2010 for its MUVBOX project, and its new offices, in the process of obtaining LEED-CI certification, were honoured by Intérieurs-Ferdie with the “Offices, over 20,000 square feet” prize.

As well, on February 2, the firm was awarded the “Sustainable building / green building” prize in the Concours Énergia, a competition highlighting energy management excellence in Québec, for the 4100 Molson Technopole Angus project, a LEED-certified office project. This project was selected from among 44 candidates across the province.

Now among the Giants
INTERIOR DESIGN, the industry’s premier magazine in North America, has just published its annual 100 INTERIOR GIANTS rankings, which name the 100 most prestigious firms in the industry. Ædifica ranked 87th, based solely on its interior design work. The firm was also named one of the Top 10 Retail Design firms.

About Ædifica
Ædifica is a unified team of architects, designers, engineers, communication specialists and project managers who share a common desire to create meaningful and long-lasting places. The firm has been in business since 1979 and now consists of over 115 professionals providing an integrated service offer. The creativity and quality of its achievements reflect its commitment to sustainable development and its conviction that design is a powerful tool for expressing an identity – one that any organization can use to demonstrate its values to the world. Some of firm clients/projects include : l’Adresse symphonique (in consortium with Diamond & Schmitt), the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium (in consortium with Cardin Ramirez Julien), the Société de développement Angus, the Laurentian Bank of Canada, Barneys New York, Mountain Equipment Coop and Muvbox.  
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