Interior Design :: Sticks and Stones Design Group inc.

Space Planning :: UGG Universal Consulting Group

Construction :: Steve Ashton, Ashton Construction Services


Guardian Radiology is a medical imagining group, who embraces the progressive shift to providing local care for rural communities regardless of location or size. So, when they were ready to open a Flagship location in Canmore, Alberta, they came to Sticks and Stones Design Group looking to achieve a distinct Mountain Modern aesthetic.


The Scope of Interior Design services was to evaluate the Floor Plans for efficiencies and design feature opportunities. We focused primarily on the Front of House – the reception and waiting areas, as well as circulation zones, exam rooms, lighting and ceiling features. The design intent was to create a grounding space for clients, staff and visitors, using a palette that speaks to the earthy elegance of Canmore’s (Rocky Mountain) natural surroundings. Through the careful curation of a progressive yet elemental materials palette, unique millwork and signage design, impactful ceiling details and effective way-finding we focused on creating layers rhythm and emphasis throughout a unified design scheme.


The reception area was allocated around a curved bulkhead, creating a statement metal-clad reception desk with an elegantly swooping wood transaction counter. The gentle curves are further articulated with carefully placed timber beams and bulkhead cladding, a feature which runs through the Waiting Area and Hallway.


One of the show-stoppers is the artistic signage wall behind the Reception Desk. Built up by layering painted MDF panels laser-cut in mountain-shape silhouettes (some may recognize the iconic shapes of Mt. Cascade and Mt. Rundle) with inter-spaced LED lighting strips for back-lighting. Further increasing the depth of the installation, the front face is made of multi-toned wood slats with a layer of metallic lettering. This brilliant installation was a coordination feat with a sophisticated Mountain Modern finish.


Other noteworthy custom millwork pieces are Mountain-Scape murals in the Waiting and Corridor areas, made using a combination of Metal Panels and Rift-Cut Oak veneer. By alternating the grain directionality and stain tone, the design is accentuated by contrasting material textures and patterns.


Room designation and way-finding are enhanced by custom wood doors framed in high-contrast black metal frames, each finished with an adjoining millwork panel for signage. Over-size, custom-designed vinyl wall graphics guide visitors to the Public Washrooms and a carefully selected Vinyl Wallcovering pattern is introduced in each room in a different, soothing color. The Waiting Area features a custom-designed waiting bench with magazine display, a combination of medical-grade bariatric and standard waiting chairs upholstered in custom vinyl and a well-appointed built-in beverage zone.


Natural elements can be found throughout the clinic including various wood, metal, wallcovering and stone finishes, leaving no wall untouched with elevated & detailed design features. Now the flagship location of the Alberta-wide company, we assisted Guardian Radiology in setting a new standard for future clinic developments.

Custom Millwork Pieces
Awards Recieved (AWMAC Best Millwork in a Small Commercial)