Retail design and Floorplan
The Toronto Tool Library is one of Toronto's fastest growing social ventures. Organized by the Institute for a Resource-Based Economy, a not-for-profit organization of volunteers, it seeks to lend tools to anyone who needs them within a membership-based hybrid-retail model. The most recent project was to expand this model into the Sharing Depot, a place where you can borrow tools, sports equipment, camping goods, children's toys, and household goods.
- Design a hybrid retail/event space that will act as a community hub
- Ensure an easily navigable space, as the workforce is largely volunteer
- Use an existing set of branded colours and designs for the shelving
- Prepare a workflow and guildeline for window displays
- Act as supervisor for fabrication and layout of the shelving
- 2000 Sq Ft multi-use space designed and built over two-week period
- Fabricated shelving in a two-day build process with an all volunteer force, using a modular wooden design
- Floorplan designed for minimal staff requirements and maximized sightlines
- Open plan allows flow of materials and people through space, even for large items like lawn mowers
- Maintained bright interior while keeping within brand guidelines
- Developed 3D model of the floorplan to demonstrate theory to stakeholders and guide build process.