Ware Malcomb announced March 23 that construction is complete on Indigo Rideau Centre, a new flagship retail location for the Canadian-based retailer in Ottawa, Ontario. Ware Malcomb provided architect of record and engineering services for the two-story, 18,000-square-foot project.

Ware Malcomb Indigo Rideau Centre Seating Area

Photo courtesy of Kevin Belanger Photography via Ware Malcomb


One of Canada’s largest retailers, Indigo Books & Music Inc. offers a selection of books, toys, home décor, stationery and gifts both online and in stores throughout the country. Indigo Rideau Centre expands and reimagines the retailer’s presence in Ottawa as a large-format banner store encompassing a wide variety of offerings.

“We were very pleased to collaborate with Indigo on an innovative new design concept that aligns so strongly with their brand promise,” said Christina Kolkas, regional director for Ware Malcomb. “The result is truly a destination retail environment that feels inviting, inspired and curated.”

Ware Malcomb Indigo Rideau Centre Book Area

Photo courtesy of Kevin Belanger Photography via Ware Malcomb


“Our Ware Malcomb team partnered with Indigo and the whole project team to bring the company’s brand promise, ‘Life, On Purpose,’ alive through the store design,” said John Holland, regional director for Ware Malcomb’s Ottawa office. “We created a two-story space with an open floor plan, which maximizes sightlines to a variety of inspiring fixtures and showcases the merchandise throughout.”

Ware Malcomb Indigo Rideau Centre Kids Area

Photo courtesy of Kevin Belanger Photography via Ware Malcomb


The store’s open design was achieved by removing walls within the space and ensuring structural integrity of two adjoined historic structures. The interior features a clean, neutral color palette to showcase the diverse selection of merchandise, while a designated kids’ area within the space is delineated by a bold dark blue color. A light oak surface accented with white and black metals was chosen for the store’s fixturing.

Ware Malcomb’s retail portfolio includes projects for some of the nation’s largest retail chains as well as for regional retail developments and corporate headquarters. Ware Malcomb’s retail experience includes master planning, architectural, interior and signage design for new buildings and centers, as well as renovation of existing facilities.

General contracting services for the project were provided by Terlin Construction Ltd.