In 2012, architects took on the challenge of transforming an old warehouse in Ottawa, Canada with Tile of Spain products and turning it into the upscale department store, Nordstrom. The Nordstrom building is located between two buildings in the Canadian capital, and has been turned into a popular shopping destination for both tourists and locals alike.
The Seattle based architecture firm, Callison, took special considerations in the materials they selected for the construction of the store. To stay congruent with the high-end image of Nordstrom, Callison needed to use materials that would not only be aesthetically pleasing, but also be able to withstand the cold weather of Ottawa, where temperatures can get as low as -4 °F.
Callison decided upon Neolith by TheSize, the largest sintered compact surface on the market, for a firm and seamless installation. Neolith has a reputation for being durable, scratch resistant and insusceptible to age spots or discoloration due to its very high temperature and pressure during production. The advanced installation technique also allowed for the architects to be confident that the tiles would withstand any chipping or cracking over the years.
Neolith is offered in a wide array of colors, so the physical appearance of the building would not be compromised by the advanced technical components. To contrast with the stone buildings surrounding Nordstrom, Callison chose smooth, arctic white satin finishes on the tiles to achieve the perfect design.