YYZ Domestic Air Canada Café

Project Details

Architect:  Eric Majer Architecte Inc.,  Heekyung Duquette (Designer)
Lighting Design/Specifier:  Salex,  WSP
Manufacturers:  Axis Lighting,  Fiber-Optic by Salex
Photography:  Adrien Williams Photos Inc.

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving nearly 220 airports on six continents. To serve travellers on the go, the Air Canada Café was designed as a premium new space at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Located conveniently steps away from Air Canada’s domestic gates, the café will offer customers a wide selection of specialty beverages to Grab & Go or to be enjoyed with complimentary Wi-Fi in a relaxed, bistro-type setting.

WSP approached Salex to assist with this project’s lighting solutions and to support on the challenges and requirements the client faced, while Eric Majer Architecte Inc. and Heekyung Duequette were brought on to design the café. Salex’s team of manufactures, application experts, project mangers and representatives were involved from the very beginning by providing samples, detailed mock-ups and lighting studies. Additionally, we were onsite to supervise the final installation. The project was completed within budget and on time on September 6, 2019.

Axis Lighting’s Stencil pendant was selected to illuminate the café. With its flexibility of creating unique forms and patterns, Stencil was chosen for its ability to adapt to various combine light distributions within the same system. This includes: direct and/or indirect, high precision light guide optics, diffusing lens, adjustable spotlights, and custom finishes. Mounted at different heights, the pendant ‘Y’ formation creates a dramatic lighting effect while providing suitable ambient lighting for the entire space. This light fixture was used over the bar and seating areas.

In addition to Stencil, Salex used their own Fiber-Optics for its unique characteristics, flexibility and ability to install within confined spaces and non-serviceable areas. Fiber-Optics was used to depict some of the many hubs and destinations Air Canada fly into and out from domestically. This treatment was used as a backdrop to the entrance and reception areas.