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AD Classics: Bullocks Wilshire / John and Donald Parkinson

04:00 - 23 August, 2016
AD Classics: Bullocks Wilshire / John and Donald Parkinson, Gjura Stojano’s mural “The Spirit of Sports” was the centerpiece of the Sportswear Department. ImageCourtesy of Balcony Press
Gjura Stojano’s mural “The Spirit of Sports” was the centerpiece of the Sportswear Department. ImageCourtesy of Balcony Press

With its iconic copper-clad tower looming over Wilshire Boulevard, the Bullock’s Wilshire has been a celebrated element of the Los Angeles cityscape since its opening in 1929. Known for its lavish Art Deco aesthetic, the department store made its mark as a prime shopping destination in a city filled with celebrities. But the Bullock’s Wilshire was more than a glamorous retail space; with a design centered around the automobile, it was to set a new standard for how businesses adapted to a rapidly changing urban environment.

Courtesy of Balcony Press The Bauhaus-inspired elevators in the grand foyer. ImageCourtesy of Balcony Press Detail drawing of gate. ImageCourtesy of Balcony Press A 1946 postcard with the Bullock’s Wilshire in the background. Imagevia digitalpostercollection.com + 14

Shenye TaiRan Building / ZHUBO DESIGN

20:00 - 2 June, 2016
Shenye TaiRan Building / ZHUBO DESIGN, Courtesy of ZHUBO DESIGN
Courtesy of ZHUBO DESIGN

Courtesy of ZHUBO DESIGN Courtesy of ZHUBO DESIGN Courtesy of ZHUBO DESIGN Courtesy of ZHUBO DESIGN + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    The #8 Tairan Rd, Futian District, Shenzhen, China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Laura Belevica, Aaron Robin
  • Design Team

    Liu Hai Long, Li Jing, Mao Yuan Jing, Yang Guang
  • Executive Architect

    Feng Guo Chuan
  • Project Managers

    Liang Qi Bo, Zhang Zhen
  • Area

    168950.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Design Capital 21 Competition – Calling for Entries!

18:06 - 14 April, 2016
Design Capital 21 Competition – Calling for Entries!, Courtesy of BCI Asia
Courtesy of BCI Asia

Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your design ideas and win cash prizes!

Design Capital 21 is an interior design competition for a new integrated mall. The integrated mall intends to adopt as its conceptual design this theme: the world’s famous capital cities from the five continents. Each floor must be representative of the continent by bringing to life the characteristics and identities of its capital cities.

Sebastian Errazuriz Designs Audemars Piguet's New Lounge at Art Basel Hong Kong

14:00 - 5 April, 2016
Sebastian Errazuriz Designs Audemars Piguet's New Lounge at Art Basel Hong Kong, Courtesy of Sebastian Errazuriz Studio
Courtesy of Sebastian Errazuriz Studio

Chilean-born artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz has designed Swiss watchmaking brand Audemars Piguet's new lounge for Art Basel Hong Kong. "Taking inspiration from the ice formations and snowy winters of Audemars Piguet’s home in Le Brassus, Switzerland, the lounge will express the purity of nature and the passing of time," says Errazuriz.

"With water and ice as its main thematic elements, the new stand will give form to the concept of ice cycle as a metaphor of time. Three key components will anchor Errazuriz’s design: the icicle as a beautiful form, accumulating over time; the water drop, seen as nature’s ticking pulse; and ripples in the water, symbolizing the forward movement of new life. The drips of the melting icicles resemble nature’s pulse, like the beating of a heart or a ticking clock."

schmidt hammer lassen Designs Mixed-Use Development in Central Stockholm

06:00 - 15 March, 2016
schmidt hammer lassen Designs Mixed-Use Development in Central Stockholm, Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects
Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has won the international competition to design a new mixed-use development in the heart of Stockholm, Sweden: Hästen 21. The new development will comprise retail, office and residential spaces, creating a “central artery” for the area with a strong visual presence adapted to the history and skyline of the existing city.

Anchoret Beijing / SPEYS

20:00 - 30 December, 2015
Anchoret Beijing / SPEYS, © Ludwik Kaizerbrecht PH+
© Ludwik Kaizerbrecht PH+

© Ludwik Kaizerbrecht PH+ © Ludwik Kaizerbrecht PH+ © Ludwik Kaizerbrecht PH+ © Ludwik Kaizerbrecht PH+ + 11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Category

  • Team

    Filip Gałuszka, Hayger Chan, Onkit Wong, Kayuet Nicky
  • Client

    Anchoret Beijing
  • Furniture

    JANG + Master Xiu + Brass Master
  • Area

    65.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Tech, Big Data, and the Future of Retail Design

11:00 - 25 November, 2015
Tech, Big Data, and the Future of Retail Design, The new Watches of Switzerland store in London designed by Callison. Image Courtesy of Callison
The new Watches of Switzerland store in London designed by Callison. Image Courtesy of Callison

With the rise of the internet, old-fashioned brick-and-mortar stores have struggled, as online ordering services have increasingly made it unnecessary to actually go to a store. The answer for the physical stores of the future? Make spaces not for purchasing the things people need, but experiencing the things people want, as explored in this article by Matt Alderton originally published on Autodesk's Redshift publication as "How Technology and Big Data in Retail Are Shaping Store Designs of the Future." Alderton looks at how forward-looking stores are being designed to appeal to customers, finding that the same technology revolution that threatened to make stores obsolete might also play a key role in saving them, too.

Shopping used to be stimulating. Although its end was sales, its means was a mix of status and spectacle. It was social commerce in which partakers transacted not just cash, but also cachet.

Nowhere was this more evident than in the earliest department stores, whose architects designed them to be destinations. In London, for instance, Harrods boasts the motto “Omnia, Omnibus, Ubique”—Latin for “All Things for All People, Everywhere.” Established in 1849, it has seven floors, comprising more than 1 million square feet across more than 330 departments. The store installed one of the world’s first escalators in 1898, opened a world-famous food hall in 1902, and sold exotic pets such as lion cubs until the 1970s.

Takhassussi Patchi Shop by Lautrefabrique Architectes. Image © Luc Boegly dpHUE Concept Store by Julie Snow Architects. Image © Paul Crosby Owen Launch by Tacklebox Architecture. Image © Juliana Sohn for OWEN Designed by Callison, the new Watches of Switzerland store in London features an interactive touch screen. Image Courtesy of Callison + 9

Chicago's New Apple Store Is Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Homes

16:00 - 24 November, 2015
Chicago's New Apple Store Is Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Homes, via MacRumors
via MacRumors

Apple's new Foster + Partners-designed flagship store in Chicago is said to have been inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style Homes outside the city. Unveiled first by the Chicago Tribune, the store will feature a 14-foot entry pavilion that will usher visitors from Michigan Avenue down into the sales floor backdropped with views of the Chicago River. A "grand flight of stairs" will offer pedestrians an alternative route to the riverside walkway that flanks the bank.

'Importance of Walking' Store / PRAXiS d'ARCHITECTURE

19:00 - 12 October, 2015
'Importance of Walking' Store / PRAXiS d'ARCHITECTURE, © Jin Fengzhe
© Jin Fengzhe

© Jin Fengzhe © Jin Fengzhe © Jin Fengzhe © Jin Fengzhe + 13

  • Architects

    PRAXiS d'ARCHITECTURE
  • Location

    Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Di Shaohua
  • Design Team

    Feng Jiancheng, Guo Yiming, Liu Xing, Feng Shuxian
  • Area

    13.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

“City of Light”: The Story of Willem Dudok’s De Bijenkorf Rotterdam

09:30 - 4 July, 2015

Produced by Dutch journalist Peter Veenendaal, City of Light is a documentary that covers the design, construction, and social effects of Willem Marinus Dudok’s De Bijenkorf in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. De Bijenkorf opened in Rotterdam in 1930, and after barely surviving the Second World War, it was destroyed in 1960 to make way for a Metro Station and a new store designed by Marcel Breuer and largely forgotten. City of Light presents Dudok’s shopping center as an important model for retail architecture that came about during the formative years of the shopping mall, and includes interviews with historians, former employees, and local enthusiasts to bring the building back to life.

Despite being relatively unknown today, Dudok’s De Bijenkorf was important not only for the architectural community, but also for the city of Rotterdam. In Veenendaal’s documentary, architectural historian Herman van Bergeijk remarks that at the time of its construction, De Bijenkorf was the “largest and most modern department store in Europe." The store was immensely popular with locals; according to the video over 70,000 people visited on opening day to explore the building, and over time, it became an icon of Rotterdam's growing commercial success.

Kale – Cersaie 14 / Paolo Cesaretti

15:00 - 22 June, 2015
Kale – Cersaie 14 / Paolo Cesaretti, © Lorenzo Pennati
© Lorenzo Pennati

© Lorenzo Pennati © Lorenzo Pennati © Lorenzo Pennati © Lorenzo Pennati + 30

Shop and Exhibition Space in Marseille / Atelier M3a Architectes

15:00 - 19 June, 2015
Shop and Exhibition Space in Marseille / Atelier M3a Architectes, © Patricia Giudicelli
© Patricia Giudicelli

© Patricia Giudicelli © Patricia Giudicelli © Patricia Giudicelli © Patricia Giudicelli + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    5 Place de la Corderie Henry Bergasse, 13006 Marseille, France
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Caroline Ménager + Mathieu Ménager
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

TOG Flagship / Triptyque + Philippe Starck

17:00 - 17 June, 2015
TOG Flagship / Triptyque + Philippe Starck, © Ricardo Bassetti
© Ricardo Bassetti

© Ricardo Bassetti © Ricardo Bassetti © Ricardo Bassetti © Ricardo Bassetti + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rua Iguatemi, 236 - Itaim Bibi, São Paulo - SP, 01451-010, Brazil
  • Category

  • TRIPTYQUE, Associates

    Greg Bousquet, Carolina Bueno, Guillaume Sibaud e Olivier Raffaelli
  • TRIPTYQUE, General Coordinator

    Luiz Trindade
  • TRIPTYQUE, Project Manager

    Alfredo Luvison
  • TRIPTYQUE, Contributors

    Guilherme Ramalho, Ulysse Baudet, Joana Telles, Bruno Cruz
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

CABANE de ZUCCa Daikanyama / Schemata Architects

20:00 - 16 June, 2015
CABANE de ZUCCa Daikanyama / Schemata Architects, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota + 12

Housing in Rue de Lourmel / TVK

05:00 - 11 June, 2015
Housing in Rue de Lourmel  / TVK, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo + 39

  • Architects

    TVK
  • Location

    Rue de Lourmel, 75015 Paris, France
  • Category

  • Area

    11000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

McDonald's Pavilion on Coolsingel / mei architects and planners

20:00 - 9 June, 2015
McDonald's Pavilion on Coolsingel / mei architects and planners, © Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch

© Jeroen Musch Courtesy of Mei architects and planners © Ossip Van Duivenbode © Jeroen Musch + 32

Dior Men Paris / Antonio Virga Architecte + Dior Men Architecture Department

05:00 - 5 June, 2015
Dior Men Paris / Antonio Virga Architecte + Dior Men Architecture Department, © Olivier Helbert
© Olivier Helbert

© Olivier Helbert © Olivier Helbert © Olivier Helbert © Olivier Helbert + 22

PODOLYAN Store Project / FILD design thinking company

15:00 - 2 June, 2015
PODOLYAN Store Project / FILD design thinking company, © Roman Pashkovskiy
© Roman Pashkovskiy

© Roman Pashkovskiy © Roman Pashkovskiy © Roman Pashkovskiy © Roman Pashkovskiy + 20