[Tacklebox Architecture, PLLC - % Arabica Toronto Union Station - COVER IMG] Faceted wall interior view. Photo by Eric Petschek

% Arabica Toronto Union Station

Firm LocationBrooklyn, United States
Project locationToronto, Ontario, CA
CompanyTacklebox Architecture, PLLC
Lead ArchitectJeremy Barbour
Design TeamJeremy Barbour, principal, Ruby Kaur, project manager, Sheridan Treadwell, project manager, Artem Chouliak, project team, Kohki Hiramatsu, project team
Client% Arabica

Drawing inspiration from the layered beauty of glacial ice, folded rock, and the strata of the underlying bedrock, this space is defined by a floor-to-ceiling, faceted wall terrain. This monolithic surface is comprised of 172 faceted blocks that have been meticulously carved from 3,452 layers of stacked gypsum wallboard– a ubiquitous building material commonly sourced in the region but used here in a unique and extraordinary way. A continuous white surface folds and carves space to form front and back service counters where visitors gather to receive the finest coffees from around the world.