Over the past month we’ve been grateful here at MerJ Architecture for an abundance of work that’s kept us quite busy. One such piece is a flagship dispensary in rural Colorado that has us getting creative with architectural design possibilities that bring the outdoors, indoors – a process we’ve been thoroughly enjoying. The building shell for the soon-to-be-debuted dispensary was designed by Bruys Henderson and the Studio K2 team, who created a brilliant rustic-yet-modern canvas for us to work from.
We’ve been pulling a ton of inspiration from renowned architects like Fay Jones (the Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice turned world class architect in his own right) who designed the stunning Thorncrown Chapel pictured above. The co-existence of nature and architecture is a high-level design philosophy that rings true with us personally, and fits perfectly into the cannabis world. We also love that with our cannabis-specific work we get to meticulously curate indoor environments that enable the natural cultivation of plants.
Thank you for following along as we share these every-so-often updates, and if I haven’t talked to you in a while book a virtual coffee date with me so we can catch up! One positive thing about the turbulence that the pandemic has brought is that it has freed up more time for what it should be all about: connecting with and supporting each other through the highs and lows.
Enjoy the day,
Nicole (…and Satto says hello too!)
Words by Anthea Gerrie
As marijuana gains a license for recreational use in a growing number of US states, architects and designers are being courted by retailers in this new high-value category looking to distinguish their brand with a compelling look. The stakes are high – US sales are expected to triple to $30Billion in the five years from 2018, the year cannabis came out of the closet in the largest market, California, to 2023, by which time dispensaries are expected to have a high-street presence across most of the country.
WORK IN PROGRESS
Here’s what we’ve been working on lately…
Nature’s Herbs and Wellness is setting up their Flagship Dispensary in Milliken, Colorado and have enlisted our services to support with architectural interior design. We love sharing our creative process, which starts with lots of “pie in the sky” brainstorming (even the sky is not the limit!) and hand “sketchies” that bring our imagination to life on paper.
We are loving seeing dispensary design continue to elevate as an industry, with as much focus being put on the customer experience and brand application as the ever important growing methodology.
Below, left to right and top to bottom, you see…
- A “Falling Timber” sketchie detailing how we’re planning to pull the ceiling architecture down to eye level;
- A thoughtfully designed Point of Sale experience that takes into account social distancing requirements amidst COVID;
- Custom product display shelves that will be made to precisely contain specific product inventory and merchandise throughout the space;
- A larger than life “iron tree” installation that will highlight and emphasize the incredible height of the building.
What we’ve been reading (or listening to!) lately…
- Art of Construction / Show 187 | Cultivate Advisors Series: The Hustler & The Experimenter (A podcast featuring Nicole Delmage)
- The Denver Post on Record Marijuana Sales| Colorado’s recreational and medical cannabis dispensaries combined for $198.9 million in June sales.
- Retailing Marijuana | Architects and designers are being courted by retailers looking to distinguish their brands.
- Professionally Cannabis | A podcast for Investors, Entrepreneurs, and Connoisseurs of the burgeoning cannabis industry
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