AD Round Up: Retail Part I

AD Round Up: Retail Part I

Designing a store may be challenging for an architect. Many times, it’s design has to be related to the product the store will sell. Also, a cool design may very well attract people that the product itself will not. So today, for our first Round Up of the week, we bring you Retail previoulsy featured on AD.

Dolce & Gabbana Headquarters / Studio Piuarch The new D&G headquarters in Milan, Italy, contains the showrooms for the collections, offices, a restaurant and a series of image spaces, ina total area of 5.000 square meters. Two buildings dating back to the 1920s and the 1960s, facing three streets, are combined in a complex with five floors above ground and two basement levels. The project is based on an architectural principle of great rigor, with the use of natural materials like white Namibia stone, glass and unfinished steel sheet (read more…)

Armani Ginza Tower / Doriana e Massimiliano Fuksas It is always difficult to crystallise the image of someone, particularly a person as well known as Giorgio Armani, one of the most famous figures in the world. It is not a coincidence that Andy Warhol portrayed him as a one of the icons of our age. For the Armani/Ginza Tower, it was considered essential to project not just his creativity as a designer but his special aura, recreating the atmosphere of the atelier of this Italian creative genius, as well as his aesthetic code and his personal image (read more…)

Meydan – Umraniye Retail Complex & Multiplex / FOA The Umraniye retail development aims to perform not just as a proficient retail complex but as a true urban centre for the future development of one of the fastest growing areas in Istambul. The site will become in the near future a dense urban fabric built around the expanding retail complex located in the site. The building anticipates through its geometry and circulation strategy its subsequent integration into a dense inner city context aiming to formulate an alternative prototype to the usual out-of-town retail box development (read more…)

Volume B store / Marcio Kogan This project is the retail furniture store Vitra located in São Paulo. The architect used the materials in their extreme condition, such as visible concrete executed without any concern about precision or finishing, or the skin of the back volume where he used various layers of a steel frame which is usually used on the inside of the concrete slabs and were found at the site. Likewise, the interior walls did not get any special finishing and still have the original chalk markings left by the workers during the construction, almost an archeological discovery (read more…)

DURAS ambient Funabashi / Sinato This stores is located in Funabashi, Japan. The triangular walls divide the center of shop space. They stand as if they dance and make an “aperture of the space”. We can hang the clothes in the aperture. We can walk through the aperture. Materials of front side and back side of the triangular walls are different and it makes various expression of this space. The more people moving in this shop, the more various complicated view we can see. The experience of this space is like a moving image than a static image (read more…)

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Cite: Sebastian Jordana. "AD Round Up: Retail Part I" 24 Mar 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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