The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Volunteer Enterprise commissioned us to design a relocated and updated Guildy’s Eatery. While the eatery was formally a high volume take-out deli, the client’s vision imagined it as a large, open market space where staff and guests could relax from the hospital’s traffic in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
We chose a palette of warm colours that would feel inviting and welcoming to visitors. We used canvas canopies, wood seating and large, low-resin screens embedded with long grass to define adjacent seating and enhance the eatery’s cosiness. We added additional seating in the corner, highlighting it with a pop of colour and a generous beam of natural light. The eatery’s guests can view the existing courtyard from one window—which is aligned to guide natural light down one of the hospital’s intersecting hallways—as well as a historical image of the hospital through a faux window in the corner. Keeping in line with the culture of queue-line-visiting, we designed a generous waiting space that flowed off and away from the main corridor. We also expanded the kitchen to approximately three times its original size, offering the same homestyle cooking as before.
Nadi worked with electrical and mechanical engineers as well as a quantity surveyor in this project. We also produced the schematic design, coordinated design meetings with the design team, created the construction drawings, bid and tendered the constructions documents and performed contract administration.