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Nicholas Metivier Gallery

Location: 190 Richmond Street East

Radical full scope renovation converting a dilapidated auto repair shop into a bespoke new space for contemporary art vendor Nicholas Metivier Gallery

Scope of work included modifications to the structure of existing garage bays to accommodate larger openings for greater flow of gallery guests, garage doors replaced with new windows, polished concrete floors, high impact lighting with optimal colour rendering capabilities, and extensive reworking and upgrades of the HVAC system to maximize functionality while blending seamlessly into the space. 

  • Client Nicholas Metivier Gallery
  • Size 4,945
  • Sector Retail
  • Designed By McTernan Design Associates
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For what appears at first glance to be a simple space there were many challenges that had to be resolved to transform a garage into a gallery space suitable to display artwork.

The condition of this old building required extensive repairs including infill of exterior brick and shoring. Inside there were issues with existing HVAC and structural to be addressed as well. Achieving a consistent polished concrete look on the floors in an existing timeworn building was also a challenge. The flooring contractor tested multiple grit levels until the client and designer were satisfied that the outcome would be as envisioned. Finally, careful and strategic planning of lighting placement was a significant priority on this project requiring precise coordination between designers and trades. 

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Project Features

  • Viewing room and office
  • Art storage room
  • Overside sliding door to conceal back-of-house spaces
  • Receiving area
  • Coffee bar
  • Accessible washroom
  • Polished concrete floors
  • Specialty lighting
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“The design solution can be best understood as an exercise in confidence and restraint, a neutral yet inviting space that allows the architecture to sit back as the artworks move forward in visual prominence.”