Located in downtown Calgary, The Simmons Building is a historic landmark as well as a key focal point of the new East Village. Originally built in 1912, it has been recently transformed and modernized by Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) into a shared space concept for three restaurants: Charbar, Phil & Sebastian’s Coffee Roasters and Sidewalk Citizen Bakery. Formerly a factory warehouse for a national bedding manufacturer, the Simmons Building aged beside the Bow River for decades before CMLC took up the restoration challenge. It stands today at the center of a bustling community.
The original and elegant wood structure was a key factor in selecting the luminaires and layout. In order to properly highlight the historic beauty, CMLC had three primary goals when selecting the general lighting. The first was to provide a full LED solution to achieve energy efficiency that is rarely seen in restaurant settings. Next, they wanted to allow the lighting to be controlled in a way that would create a full variation of levels from the warmest evening setting to full brightness for cleaning staff. Lastly, they wanted to provide a consistent lighting solution that would work well for all three tenants, each with the ability to create their own atmosphere and settings for their individual lighting scenes.