ANDY THOMSON   architect

Urban Mode Retail Unit

Commercial, Prefab

A contemporary furniture store in downtown Toronto required some additional retail floor space, and so Andy designed the Retail Unit for SDS based on the 12WIDE chassis system. The Retail Unit was basically deployed overnight, in downtown Toronto, without requiring a building permit. The unique features of this design were the large areas of glass at the street elevation, which required a welded steel moment frame at one end.  Preliminary zoning research indicated that there was no specific bylaw prohibiting a vehicle from being used as a temporary storage and/or showcase facility on the client’s own private parking lot, and so the unit still stands today, almost one-year later, oddly defying what would seem to be contrary to some of the most comprehensive zoning in the country.

  • Designer: Andy Thomson for Sustain Design Studio
  • Year: 2010
  • Client: Urban Mode