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Sama Salsany

Driven by her passion for inclusivity and human well-being, Sama strives to design spaces that are functional and flexible to meet various user needs. Sama’s focus for her thesis project was to design an inclusive space aimed at creating a comfortable and welcoming experience. Her love for interior design guided her through creating an interactive space that enhances user experiences through slow-food markets. Located at 415 Eastern Avenue within the Studio District of Toronto, AVENUE aims to provide a human-centred approach while addressing social needs.

Project Overview

The evidence-based design explored through the research phase indicated that hospitality and retail spaces have suffered as a result of the pandemic. More people felt the need to have something more than fast-food that can provide fresh, organic, and healthy meals without a long wait. Data shows that people wanted more spaces that provided these services and so the project took its own unique take on slow-food markets. Additional evidence shows that public spaces often do not cater to marginalized groups such as individuals with physical limitations, individuals with sensory processing limitations, and the LGBTQ+ community. The facility will cater to individuals that live or pass through the neighbourhood where the building resides at 415 Eastern Avenue. This model aims to bring hospitality and retail into a multi-use facility in order to create the ideal business model.

2D illustrations of squares demonstrating flexibility, form, and scale  Click to enlarge

Chosen concepts being explored.

2D illustrations of design concepts  Click to enlarge

Breaking down shapes - various areas spaced out creating an experience of a journey for the user.

2D diagram of an arrow travelling through shapes  Click to enlarge

Flexibility through form and scale.

Concept/Design Process

Throughout the journey of telling this story, the conceptual development for AVENUE was all based on looking at a space that was going to be flexible and that would offer movement through the experience. The approach taken towards this design focuses on inclusivity, diversity, accessibility, and comfort. Through the use of intersections, zoning, and various scales – movement through the space has been emphasized.

Site Plan/Floor Plan(s)

The basement level is where most of the building's restroom facilities are located as well as the BOH. The first level is where the market and bars are located. The second level is entirely the AVENUE restaurant that includes an event space as well as restroom facilities. The event space can be reserved at any time during open hours, and when it’s not in use it can be transformed into additional restaurant seating as shown here on the right. Furthermore, the entire floor can be reserved for parties or large events as well.

2D diagram of AVENUE's basement floor plan  Click to enlarge

Basement Level Plan

2D diagram of AVENUE's first floor plan  Click to enlarge

First Level Plan

2D diagram of AVENUE's second floor plan  Click to enlarge

Second Level Plan

2D render of AVENUE's interior feature wall and seating  Click to enlarge

Avenue Feature Wall


Section-cut through the first and second floor showing the Avenue feature wall and seating.

3D Views

The following renderings show different areas of Avenue.

3D render of people using AVENUE's cafe area  Click to enlarge

Café & Bakery

3D render of people using AVENUE's juice bar in front of a green feature wall  Click to enlarge

Juice, Fruit & Salad Bar

3D render of indoor booth seating  Click to enlarge

Restaurant Booth Seating

poster showing the design and development process of AVENUE


Avenue poster.