Cumbrae’s Bayview

No Waste, Street Side

Like its pre­de­ces­sor on Queen Street, Cumbrae’s on Bayview Avenue cre­ates an expe­ri­ence that brings to the fore­front the intox­i­cat­ing work and pro­duce usu­al­ly hid­den from the retail counter. The kind of no-waste phi­los­o­phy of Cumbrae’s farm to table approach is now even more present shar­ing the floor with the retail shop, open and vis­i­ble.

“Mate­ri­als such as wood, stone, leather, gyp­sum, and met­al are chopped, smoked, sliced, carved, split, charred, and stitched.”

The sig­na­ture, triple-glazed aging cool­er is now pulled right to the street front, intro­duc­ing the unique and rich pre­sen­ta­tion of mate­ria pri­ma offer­ings through­out the cus­tom-designed dis­play units.

The laser cut storefront sign
The laser cut store­front sign uti­lizes the sun’s move­ment to cre­ate an elon­gat­ed shad­ow of the Cumbrae’s seal.

The design strat­e­gy ulti­mate­ly bor­rows from the craft of butch­ery in order to achieve an envi­ron­ment of pow­er­ful dis­play and sea­soned, curat­ed rich­ness. Each build­ing mate­r­i­al is affect­ed by select ‘oper­a­tions’ com­mon­ly used in the treat­ment of meat.

End-grain wood brings the enduring and iconic ‘ butcherblock’ to unsuspecting surfaces
End-grain wood brings the endur­ing and icon­ic ‘butcherblock’ to unsus­pect­ing sur­faces.

At the side­walk, in line with Bayview’s clas­sic one-storey shops, Cumbrae’s cre­ates a gap with­in the ‘noise’ of lev­el sig­nage. Crimped and stamped met­al plate rims a brand­ed (lit­er­al­ly) cow to reveal the exist­ing stone façade famil­iar to the neigh­bour­hood. Sun­light by day extends the sig­nage with its shad­ow, while neon strip light­ing iso­lates the cow’s sil­hou­ette in the active neigh­bour­hood street at night.

Project Facts

  • Client


  • Location

    Toron­to, Ontario

  • Size

    4,496 sq.ft GF, 4,327 sq.ft base­ment

  • Status


  • Sub-Consultant Team

    Struc­tur­al — AMR Engi­neer­ing

    Mechanical/ Elec­tri­cal — BK Con­sult­ing

    Light­ing — Sis­temalux

  • Photography

    Richard John­son