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Will Serve as New Ottawa Flagship Retail Location

OTTAWA, Ontario (March 22, 2023) – Ware Malcomb, an award-winning international design firm, today announced that construction is complete on Indigo Rideau Centre, a new Ottawa flagship retail location for the Canadian-based retailer. Ware Malcomb provided Architect of Record and Engineering services for the two-storey 18,000 square foot project.

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.”

“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 floorplan, which maximizes sightlines to a variety of inspiring fixtures and showcases the merchandise throughout.”

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 colour palette to showcase the diverse selection of merchandise, while a designated kids’ area within the space is delineated by a bold dark blue colour. 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.

About Ware Malcomb (

Established in 1972, Ware Malcomb is a contemporary and expanding full-service design firm providing professional architecture, planning, interior design, civil engineering, branding and building measurement services to corporate, commercial/residential developer and public/institutional clients throughout the world. With office locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil, the firm specializes in the design of commercial office, corporate, industrial, science & technology, healthcare, retail, auto, public/institutional facilities and renovation projects. Ware Malcomb is recognized as an Inc. 5000 “Fastest Growing Private Company” and a “Hot Firm” by Zweig Group. The firm is also ranked among the top 30 architecture/engineering firms in Engineering News-Record’s “Top 500 Design Firms” and the top 30 interior design firms in Interior Design magazine’s “Top 100 Giants.” For more information, visit and view Ware Malcomb’s Ware Malcomb’s website at and brand video at

Ware Malcomb Ottawa

1420 Blair Towers Place, Suite 104

Gloucester, ON K1J 9L8

P: (905) 850-4696

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