Holt Renfrew HR2 / 2013

ArchitectJanson Goldstein Architects

Canadian retailer Holt Renfrew’s younger brand, HR2, has opened a new store in Montreal. The 30,000 ft2 (3,250 m2) space occupies the terminus of the central axis of Montreal’s Quartier DIX30 development.

Front provided façade design, engineering analysis, and custom perforated metal panel fabrication research services for the project. The pleated perforated metal panels are stiffened by their folded geometry, resulting in greater material efficiency. When aggregated over the façade, the pleated and varying panel angles catch grazing colored light, directed from below at night, and dynamically reflect sunlight during the day. A catwalk is additionally provided behind the panels to allow for maintenance.