Cactus Club Café: Stephen Ave
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Located in the dense commercial core of downtown Calgary, the Cactus Club Café presented Assembledge+ with an opportunity to engage within Stephens Avenue, a historic pedestrian mall providing an eclectic mix of boutiques and high-end retail. At 6,700 square feet, the inside space can accommodate 228 seats with an additional 1,300 square-feet and 88 seats on the wrap-around patio. Assembledge+ designed the Cactus Club Café with a refined palette of oak, blackened steel, glass, and stone, to echo the natural materials found in the West Coast Canadian landscape, featuring oak and stone-clad walls, paired with a unique tile flooring. Long wood and curved ceiling slats inspire movement throughout the space creating a striking yet complementary contrast against the linear geometry found throughout. Furnishings include butcher-block oak tables and deep brown leather seating while glass partitions and horizontal paneling section the different dining spaces. Facing the entry, the lounge and bar are illuminated by a floating display of hand-blown glass pendant lamps creating a sense of intimacy among diners. The adjacent patio features a fully retractable roof to accommodate Calgary’s climate year-round. Additionally, sliding floor-to-ceiling glass panels surrounding the lounge blur the lines between the indoor and outdoor experience and enables diners to interact with the heavy-pedestrian traffic, as well as a large-scale steel “Trees” sculpture designed to reduce wind gusts between buildings. Original art is displayed throughout featuring artists Mr. Brainwash and Andy Warhol.
Architect: Assembledge+: David Thompson (Principal in Charge), Scott Walter, Wendy Gilmartin, Gregory Marin, Teagan Castelleon, Runing Wang
Photography: Tieran Green and Rick Collins