Bestias XX / MoVe architects

  • 08 Jan 2014
  • Interiors Retail Selected Works
© Cristobal Palma

Architects: MoVe architects
Location: Providencia 2124, Providencia, Metropolitan Region, Chile
Architect In Charge: Paula Velasco, Max Velasco, Alberto Moletto
Area: 12.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Cristobal Palma,

Construction: Max Velasco
Budget : U$ 12.000

Isometric 1

From the architect. Bestias XX can be summarized in two constrains: quantitative and qualitative. On one hand, 12 sqm has to hold at least 380 shoeboxes, 2 employees and 3 potential customers. On the other hand this quantitative restriction must be the image of the shop.

© Cristobal Palma

As a result space restrictions, from the beginning of the design process the project was treated as combined need for storage space and a strong image. Therefore, we decided that the shoeboxes would define the shop image. To achieve this, 140 wooden X’s were built and inserted into six 18 mm plywood sheets over a perforated grill at 45 degree defined by the size of the box (33x13cm). 

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The plywood sheets are hung from the store’s perimeter walls. Since the store is located in a corner of an urban shopping centre in Santiago, the boxes mounted on the X’s create an exterior façade. The X- shaped perforations and supports are generated from the store’s logo: Bestias XX

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Given the project’s short construction time and it restricted budget it was decided to minimize the use of conventional manual labour and instead of what would traditionally be called  “building” a store we decided to “manufacture” the shop. The store was “mass-produced” mostly using two types of plywood sheets (one used to obtain the X’s) that were cut using a CNC router, thus reducing the cutting time to one day. The rest was only a matter of assembling and mounting.

© Cristobal Palma

From the construction of the 6 panels that contains the perforations and the X’s, the structure was assembled by the clients themselves in 12 hours of uninterrupted work.

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  • insomniac

    Brilliant use of the limited space. Product storage becomes the interior of the space and a design feature. So sexy.