The brand new 25,000 sf. food court at Union Station adds 11 vendors and seating capacity for over 600 to the recently excavated lower level of the historic property in downtown Toronto. The excavation or “dig down” is one of the most significant stages in a multi-year revitalization, making way for two additional transit concourses and lower-level retail. The food court’s opening is key to anchoring the retail expansion and serving Union Station’s 300,000 commuters per day.
The Union Food Court design strategy includes a nod to railroad construction methods from the station’s 927 roots, with communal seating areas featuring functional and industrial materials including solid cast-aluminum high tables mixed with white oak, and torrefied wood table tops with metal inlays. Vendor façades layer in glass and concrete, complementing Union’s polished concrete columns to add nuanced depth and light. As a marked departure from conventional tenant signs, above each concession’s counter a digital LED sign band displays the tenants’ brand visuals in dynamic digital motion. From doughnuts to falafel, a smartly curated collection serves commuters and the rapidly growing neighborhood in new residential towers surrounding Union Station.