Fountains jet water over entrance to Foster + Partners’ sunken Apple store in Milan

In Milan the latest Foster + Partners-designed Apple Store features a dramatic water feature in an update on the traditional Italian piazza. Sunk into the square, the steps down to the store form an amphitheatre with the curtain of water providing a backdrop. The eight-metre high glass walls contain a water feature that was, according

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COS looks to Mies and Mondrian for first Chicago store

The works of architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and artist Piet Mondrian influenced the geometric and pared-back design of this shop for fashion brand COS. The first COS store in Chicago occupies a new four-storey building on East Oak Street, designed by the company’s in-house team of architects. Sandwiched between two existing structures, the

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Foster + Partners plans new Federation Square Apple Store to replace “Pizza Hut pagoda” design

Foster + Partners has completely overhauled its plans for an Apple Store in Melbourne’s Federation Square, but critics claim it has “simply swapped a Pizza Hut pagoda for an oversized iPad”. The London-based firm has developed a more streamlined form for the shop, which Apple wants to build on the south side of the publicly owned city plaza.

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Foster + Partners unveils Apple Store in Macau with translucent stone walls and bamboo

Tall shoots of bamboo rise through the central atrium of a new Apple Store completed by Foster + Partners in Macau, China. Set in a plaza surrounded by dense thickets of bamboo, the cuboidal Apple Centre Cotai glows from within, thanks to an innovative facade made from a composite of glass and stone. Five layers of of glass

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David Chipperfield Designs Ssense’s Flagship Store

British architecture practice David Chipperfield has renovated a 19th-century building in Montreal, creating an avant-garde concept fashion store that is to be the first physical store for Ssense, the leading e-commerce platform which stocks luxury bra…

NORR 11

Photos from Norr 11, who has stores in CPH, London, Berlin and Reykjavik, all shot by Heidi Lerkenfeldt.

Macbook-shaped roof tops Foster + Partners’ glazed Apple Store in Chicago

Foster + Partners has designed its “most ambitious” Apple Store for Chicago, with huge glass walls and a slender roof that looks like a scaled-up version of the company’s laptop computer. The Apple Michigan Avenue store is located on the city’s river edge beside the North Michigan Avenue – also known as the Magnificent Mile – and in

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H&M’s newest retail store, Arket, opens in Copenhagen with a stunning interior

H&M, the multi-faceted Swedish brand has created yet another retail store called Arket which opens its first location in Copenhagen today at Købmagergade 33. The interior structure and design was inspired by historical archives. The all grey space is housed in what was previously the Royal Danish Mail warehouse.

“When working on the store concept, it was in developing new solutions to practical challenges that we found most of our inspiration,” says creative director Ulrika Bernhardtz. “Two of these challenges were how to create breathing space in the store, and how to devise an uncomplicated and flexible way of presenting and editing our broad assortment.”

Read more about it here, and if you’re in CPH, check it out in real life!




A rusty steel museum extension in Lund, Sweden designed by Elding Oscarson

Skissernas Museum in Lund, Sweden is not new however it has seen many updates and additions in its time, like many museums. It’s newest reimagining comes from design pair Elding Oscarson and includes a rusted steel exterior called Corten, imposing on t…

A COS Refresh

Copenhagen’s Østergade store is receiving a facelift but during construction you can find their pop up store across the street, which still looks very chic considering it’s only temporary.




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Windows taper to reduce unwanted views from Seoul office and retail building

South Korean studio BUS Architecture has completed a mixed-use building in the Seoul, featuring bands of windows set into its brick facades that decrease in size as they wrap around to the rear. The building in the Mapo district is positioned on an L-shaped corner site connected to a main road with well-established shops and businesses

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Wheelys’ Moby-Mart is a self-driving store with a holographic shop assistant

Retail startup Wheelys has designed a prototype self-driving supermarket that navigates to different locations throughout the day and uses artificially intelligent holograms to help customers. The vehicle is designed to be almost completely self sufficient, relying on software that tracks its inventory and alerts the Moby-Mart when it’s time to restock. It runs from an

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UNStudio completes Shanghai shopping centre covered in diamond shapes

Tessellating diamonds create an intricate grid of solid and void across the facade of this shopping centre that Dutch firm UNStudio has completed in Shanghai. Called Lane 189, the seven-storey shopping centre is located in the heart of the Chinese city, in the Putuo District – an area with a diverse mix of old and new buildings.

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Nendo looks to ancient Japanese tombs for first landscape architecture project

Prolific Japanese design studio Nendo has now moved into urban design, unveiling its massive CoFuFun plaza near Kyoto. The plaza – located outside of Tenri Station in Japan’s Nara prefecture – is the studio’s largest architecture project after its renovation of the Siam Discovery shopping centre in Bangkok last year. It is also Nendo’s first

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Foster + Partners opens “one of our greenest Apple spaces yet” in Singapore

Foster + Partners has built yet another tree-filled Apple Store, but this one also features hand-carved stone staircases. Singapore’s official ranking as the greenest city in Asia informed the design of Apple Orchard Road, the first Apple flagship in the city. Like Foster + Partners’ other recent Apple Stores, particularly the ones in London and Dubai, the building’s most prominent feature is

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Gridded glazing frames garden views from NitaProw’s organic beauty shop in Bangkok

Bangkok-based practice NitaProw has used the dismantled structure of a house boat to create this window-covered shop for an organic beauty brand in a lush garden setting in the city. The transparent structure set in Bangkok’s Thonglor district acts as a shop, showroom and 25-seat cafe for the organic health and beauty brand Patom. Its gardens are also

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AL_A completes aluminium-plated tower block in central Bangkok

Swathes of aluminium tiles wrap around this sharply pointed tower by Amanda Levete’s studio AL_A, which is set in the former gardens of the British embassy in Bangkok. London-based AL_A worked with local architects Pi Design on the 37-storey tower named Central Embassy, which hosts a luxury shopping centre at podium-level and the five-star Park Hyatt hotel across its

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HAO Design converts 1980s townhouse into furniture shop and cafe in Taiwan

A skinny townhouse in the Taiwanese port city of Kaohsiung has been transformed into a brightly lit cafe and furniture store by local studio HAO Design. Located in the city’s Zuoying district, the once dark and compartmentalised property has been transformed by removing internal walls and a disruptive staircase to open up the split-level space. “First we removed the solid

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Christian Halleröd designs Totême’s Stockholm store

Totême is a Swedish brand created back in 2014 by model Elin Kling and her partner Karl Lindman, and she’s partially to blame for our daughter’s name as well. ;) The clothing line features that simple Scandinavian style you’d expect but that doesn’t mean ordinary, the collections are luxurious (expect to pay upwards of $100 for a white tee) while maintaining an air of effortless, chic style.


Newly opened is their Stockholm store/design studio which was designed by the renowned Christian Halleröd. The purpose of the space was to allow visitors a place to see the brand up close, see some of the design process in action along with a self service station with mirrors and rack of clothes to try on in addition to pre-ordering items from upcoming collections.


Chybik + Kristof uses 900 plastic chairs to clad Czech furniture showroom

Hundreds of used black plastic chairs cover the facade of this furniture shop, which architecture studio Chybik + Kristof has created inside a former car showroom in the Czech city of Brno. The former showroom was in need of an update, with the building’s exterior lacking any visual connection to the company or its products. The furniture company MY DVA Group jokingly requesting Ondrej Chybik and

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“Hard to believe this is a product of one of the most admired creative partnerships of the last two decades”

By bringing together commerce and ornament, the now-defunct Foreign Office Architects has produced a shopping centre that looks like a giant black slug, says Owen Hatherley in his latest Opinion column. You remember Foreign Office Architects. The London-based firm was dissolved five years ago with the split of its main partners, Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo, but

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Foster + Partners completes Dubai Apple Store with carbon-fibre “solar wings”

Filigreed carbon-fibre shutters fold around the oriel window of Foster + Partners’ Apple Store in Dubai, shading the shop floor during the day but opening at night to views of the Burj Khalifa. London firm Foster + Partners based its design of the Apple Dubai Mall on the traditional Arabic mashrabiya, a projecting bay window enclosed by decorative wooden

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Menswear store W19 by Frama

Frama does more than design shelving, lighting and interior accessories. It’s more than just an apothecary, a kitchen and store front, they also design for the interior architecture of commercial spaces as well. Take the Wardrobe 19 store at Istedgade …

vPPR converts former Shoreditch warehouse into shops and flats linked by private walkway

A public and private street flank this former warehouse in east London, which local studio vPPR has converted into a mixed-use development containing shops and apartments. The building is situated on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch – a popular shopping destination home to some of the city’s trendiest brands and boutiques. vPPR was tasked with reviving the imposing brick warehouse and

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Cool steel in Acne’s Illum location

The Copenhagen Acne store inside Illum is a thing of minimal beauty in wall to wall steel.

MVRDV unveils pair of stone towers for The Hague topped with “crown of terraces”

MVRDV has revealed its design for a pair of mixed-use towers in The Hague, which will feature natural stone facades that stagger into wooden outdoor spaces on top. Located in The Hague’s central business district, the Grotius towers will each include over 500 apartments, along with shops and restaurants, and parking on the lower floors. The Dutch firm designed the buildings to activate

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Arqmov Workshop converts Mexico City auto shop into retail centre with patterned facade

Mexican architecture studio Arqmov Workshop has overhauled a V-shaped industrial building by adding a patterned facade, windows that angle outward and a prominent entrance on the pointy corner. Triangulo Corona is located in Naucalpan, on the outskirts of Mexico City. It is situated within an industrial area dotted with warehouses, street markets and modest homes.

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Richard Meier designs schools and teacher housing for his hometown in New Jersey

American architect Richard Meier has completed a trio of residential buildings and two charter schools in downtown Newark, the city where he was born. The buildings are part of a new mixed-use development called Teachers Village, which encompasses four city blocks – a total of 23 acres (nine hectares) – in the economically challenged urban core of

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Klein Dytham’s Ginza Place features latticed facade inspired by traditional Japanese crafts

Over 5,000 aluminium panels are arranged to create the perforated facade of this commercial building by Klein Dytham Architecture, which overlooks one of Tokyo’s most iconic intersections. Ginza Place is located on a corner of the Ginza 4-chome crossing – a junction in the Japanese capital’s exclusive shopping district that has been compared to New York’s Times Square. The building

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Do Do uses ceramic scraps to overhaul shop and gallery for Japanese porcelain brand

Tokyo-based studio Do Do has used remnants of porcelain to update this ceramics shop and gallery in northwest Japan, and create a new pavilion for hosting workshops. The Ōyane shop and gallery is located in Hasami, a town in Japan’s Nagasaki prefecture that has produced pottery for around 400 years. It occupies the ground and basement

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Dark metallic screen covers Massimo Dutti store in Mexico City by SMA

A patchwork of patterned, fibreglass panels wraps the exterior of this three-storey boutique for fashion brand Massimo Dutti, designed by Mexican firm Sordo Madaleno Architects. Encompassing 15,608 square feet (1,450 square metres), the store is situated along Presidente Masaryk Avenue, one of the most prestigious streets in Mexico City. The thoroughfare has undergone a renovation in recent

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Vo Trong Nghia uses perforated blocks to create decorative facade for Panasonic showroom

Light filters gently through the perforated terracotta facade of this showroom for electronics company Panasonic, designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects for the Vietnamese capital Hanoi. Panasonic and its distributor Nanoco asked Vo Trong Nghia’s Vietnam-based firm to create a showroom and gallery where they could exhibit their lighting products for architects and designers. Called The Lantern, the four-storey-high building occupies a 72-square-metre plot in Hanoi’s Dong Da

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Acne’s new store, in bronze

Acne’s new Madison Ave store in NYC is filled with metal walls, bronze furniture, a black asphalt floor and semi-precious stones! The designer, Max Lamb, worked with Acne’s creative director Johnny Johansson to create this spectacular store including t…

Slender roof covers Apple Store Stanford by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

A+Awards: a dramatically thin roof soars over the glass front of the Apple Store at Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto – another of this year’s winners at the Architizer A+Awards. The store in the heart of Silicon Valley was designed by Apple favourites Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, a New York-based firm that has created multiple retail

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Calatrava’s Oculus at the World Trade Center photographed by Hufton + Crow

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava’s vast ribbed structure that soars over the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York is captured in these images by British photography duo Hufton + Crow (+ slideshow). Known as the Oculus, the building is designed to bring light down into the subterranean rail station and shopping centre that quietly More

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Shipping container serves as mobile boutique for luxury sportswear brand Needs & Wants

Online retailer Needs & Wants Studios has collaborated with a Toronto architecture student to transform a shipping container into a mobile boutique that serves as the brand’s first physical store (+ slideshow). Measuring eight by 20 feet (2.4 by six metres), the showroom and retail space made its debut in a forested area in The More

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Siam Discovery shopping centre in Bangkok is Nendo’s biggest ever project

Movie: Oki Sato of Nendo explains the concept behind the Japanese studio’s redesign of a 40,000-square-metre shopping mall, in this video Dezeen filmed in Bangkok for retail development company Siam Piwat. Located on Bangkok’s Rama 1 thoroughfare, Siam Discovery is an 18-year-old shopping centre operated by Thai company Siam Piwat. The mall reopened in May More

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Roovice transforms wooden warehouse into bagel shop with see-through walls

Architects office Roovice has converted a former warehouse in Miura, Japan, into a bagel shop, replacing the existing walls with polycarbonate panels to make the building more transparent (+ slideshow). Once used to store fishing gear, the warehouse is located in the Miyagawa-cho, a seafront area at the very tip of the Miura Peninsula. This area is threatened by More

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OMA completes restoration of Venice’s Fondaco dei Tedeschi

Dutch architecture firm OMA has restored the historic Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice, adding new entrances and wood-panelled escalators to turn the 16th-century building into a department store (+ slideshow). The architects, led by Rem Koolhaas, have handed over the 9,000-square-metre building to new tenants DFS of Hong Kong for retail fit out. OMA was More

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Nendo reimagines Bangkok department store as a new concept for retail

Japanese studio Nendo has completed its biggest-ever project: the exterior and interior renovation of a department store in Bangkok that founder Oki Sato believes represents a new way of shopping (+ slideshow). Siam Discovery is operated by Thai retail and development company Siam Piwat, which invited Nendo to oversee the refurbishment of the interior and More

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Peter Marino clads Hublot’s Fifth Avenue store in angled black metal panels and LEDs

American architect Peter Marino’s New York flagship store for Hublot has become the Swiss watch brand’s tallest boutique in the world (+ slideshow). The slender structure is situated on a dense site on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, where luxury retailers abound. Marino designed both the building and the interiors, setting out to create an aesthetic More

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Movie documents MVRDV’s pioneering technique for creating glass brick facades

This movie shows the installation of MVRDV’s Crystal Houses – a Chanel store featuring a traditional facade replicated with glass bricks that are “stronger than concrete”. First published on Dezeen last month, Crystal Houses is located on PC Hooftstraat in Amsterdam, a former residential street that has become a hub for luxury fashion brands like Prada, Dior and Rolex. More

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Miami Dior boutique by Barbarito Bancel is sheathed in curved white concrete panels

French studio Barbarito Bancel Architectes has draped a Dior clothing boutique in Miami in an assemblage of sculpted white panels, intended to evoke a pleated skirt (+ slideshow). The new flagship store for the French fashion label Dior is located in the Miami Design District, alongside boutiques for luxury brands such as Hermès and Louis Vuitton. Barbarito More

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MVRDV replaces Chanel store’s traditional facade with glass bricks that are “stronger than concrete”

MVRDV has used a pioneering glass technology to replace the brick facade of a former townhouse in Amsterdam with a transparent replica, more suited to the building’s new use as a Chanel boutique. Described by the Rotterdam studio as the first of its kind, the innovative facade of Crystal Houses Amsterdam uses glass bricks, windows frames More

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Mobile lingerie shop by SAW and MOA designed to travel across the US

American design studios SAW and MOA have teamed up to conceive a “nomadic fitting room” for an online retailer that sells intimate apparel for women (+ slideshow). Called the Try-on-Truck, the mobile store was built for True&Co, an internet-based lingerie company founded in 2012 and headquartered in San Francisco. It is the first physical shop More

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Amanda Levete selected to remodel Paris’ Galeries Lafayette department store

Amanda Levete’s studio AL_A has been selected ahead of OMA and Farshid Moussavi Architecture to carry out a “visionary metamorphosis” of the century-old Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris. London-based AL_A will completely overhaul the historic 40,000 square-metre Cupola building on Boulevard Haussmann, which has been one of the city’s most famous shops since the early 20th century. The More

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Les Halles to reopen as glass-roofed cultural centre and shopping complex

A long-awaited cultural centre designed by architects Patrick Berger and Jacques Anziutti is nearing completion on the site of Les Halles – a historic Parisian marketplace demolished in the 1970s. The centre is scheduled to open in April, eight years after the City of Paris launched a competition for a complete reconstruction of the existing More

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MVRDV to transform La Part Diu shopping centre in Lyon

Rotterdam firm MVRDV has unveiled its plans to overhaul La Part Diu retail complex in Lyon, which feature an “evaporating” facade and a rooftop park. MVRDV’s transformation of the shopping centre is considered the centre piece in a major renovation taking place across the third arrondissement of the French city. The firm’s proposal includes a More

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UNStudio’s first building in Belgium features a stone facade and golden balconies

Dutch firm UNStudio has completed a retail and residential complex in Brussels that combines curving architectural forms with flashes of golden-hued aluminium. Named Le Toison d’Or, the eight-storey building is UNStudio’s first completed project in Belgium, and is located between the historic Porte Louise and Port de Namur gates in the centre of Brussels. The building’s unusual facade is its More

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OMA unveils major renovation plans for Berlin’s KaDeWe department store

Rem Koolhaas’ firm has revealed plans to overhaul continental Europe’s largest department store, with the addition of a glass rooftop extension and a series of sculptural new staircases (+ slideshow). Rotterdam-based OMA has been charged with renovating and extending Berlin’s Kaufhaus des Westens, more commonly known as KaDeWe – a century-old building with 60,000 square metres of retail space. The More

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ArandaLasch creates pleated concrete facade for Tom Ford flagship Miami store

US firm ArandaLasch has completed a store for fashion designer Tom Ford in the Miami Design District, featuring an angular facade that references bold Art Deco motifs (+ slideshow). Situated on the corner of a busy Miami street, the shop is part of a new building by ArandaLasch that houses four luxury retailers, including French fashion brand Lanvin and […]

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David Adjaye’s Aïshti Foundation gallery and shopping centre nears completion in Beirut

Adjaye Associates has revealed images of its combined cultural foundation and luxury shopping centre in Beirut, Lebanon, ahead of the building’s completion later this year (+ slideshow). Designed by architect David Adjaye, the Aïshti Foundation’s building opened this week, although some interior details and the roof have yet to be finished. The foundation’s galleries are […]

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Christian de Portzamparc and Peter Marino create garment-inspired boutique for Dior

Towering fibreglass panels modelled on the tailoring of Dior clothing envelope the fashion brand’s new boutique in Seoul, created by architect Christian de Portzamparc and Peter Marino (+ slideshow). The building was designed by de Portzamparc for a corner plot in the luxury Gangnam shopping district, and also includes a gallery and cafe. It stands on the thoroughfare as the Leong […]

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Messner Architects completes a top-heavy mini-market in an Italian alpine village

This mini-market in the Italian mountain village of Collalbo is topped with an oversized roof that makes it look like a petrol station (+ slideshow). Local studio Messner Architects designed the mini-market for a plot surrounded by meadows and houses typical of this Alpine region in South Tyrol near Italy’s northern border. Situated at the back of its plot, away from […]

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UUfie updates facade of Shanghai boutique with pixellated grid of glowing glass

Canadian studio UUfie created a pixellated appearance for the facade of this Shanghai boutique by adding rows of translucent glass cubes that light up at night like a big screen (+ slideshow). UUfie founders Eiri Ota and Irene Gardpoit Chan were asked to update the facade of the Shanghai flagship store of fashion brand Ports 1961, which […]

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North Gate Salon fashion boutique features yellow walls and a black bird at the entrance

This bright yellow building in Seoul has been adapted by Nordic Bros Design Community to house a tiny fashion boutique, featuring arched doors, gabled details and an ornamental black bird  (+ slideshow). The shop occupies a former house in the Korean capital’s Yeonhee-dong neighbourhood. The client asked local studio Nordic Bros Design Community to renovate the building after being impressed by […]

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JMY Architects combines living and retail spaces on a narrow site in Busan

An apartment, community space and shop are accommodated in this skinny building squeezed onto a narrow plot in the South Korean city of Busan by local office JMY Architects (+ slideshow). The site for the building in Busan’s Daecheong-dong district measures just five metres wide by 12 metres deep, so JMY Architects chose to combine […]

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Mazda Showroom by Suppose Design Office pairs streamlined glazing with wood

Japanese firm Suppose Design Office has completed a car showroom near Tokyo, featuring a simple wooden facade and a glazed wall that fades from black to transparent (+ slideshow). Automotive brand Mazda, which this year relaunched its iconic MX-5 sports car, asked Suppose Design Office to create a new showroom on an awkwardly shaped site […]

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Givenchy store in Seoul has an undulating moulded-metal facade

A black box made from panels of moulded steel creates a rippling enclosure for the upper storeys of this Givenchy flagship store in Korea by Italian architects Piuarch (+ slideshow). Milanese studio Piuarch collaborated with Givenchy art director Riccardo Tisci on the design for the new store, which stands on a corner plot in the heart of the Gangnam-Gu shopping district […]
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Wooden louvres and grassy rooftops added to Marly-le-Roi market hall

Wooden louvres and green rooftops make up the exterior of this market hall outside Paris by Ameller, Dubois & Associés, while inside is a dramatic ceiling that combines angles and curves (+ slideshow). Located in Marly-le-Roi, a community in the western suburbs of Paris, the project involved renovating the existing covered market – adapting the layout and bringing […]
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Sou Fujimoto’s Palm Court retail complex completes in Miami

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto aimed to create “crystallised showers of sunlight” with the blue glass fins that front his shopping centre in the Miami Design District (+ interview + slideshow). Sou Fujimoto’s design for the Palm Court retail centre was influenced by Miami’s tropical and unpredictable weather, which he experienced during his first visit. “I was […]
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Court revokes planning permission for SANAA’s La Samaritaine revival

News: an appeals court has blocked the SANAA-designed renovation of iconic former department store La Samaritaine in Paris, which includes a wavy glass facade that critics have compared to a shower curtain. The court ruling effectively revokes part of the planning permission for the £368 million redevelopment planned by Japanese architect duo SANAA, causing building work to halt for the second time […]
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Curving concrete shell encases Paul Smith store by System Lab

Paul Smith’s flagship store in the South Korean capital is housed in a softly curved white shell punctuated by small circular windows and a bright yellow entrance (+ slideshow). Architecture studio System Lab designed the fashion designer Paul Smith’s first South Korean store for a site in Seoul’s densely built Gangnam-gu district, a popular shopping destination filled with luxury brands. Related story: […]

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Aoki Jun and Associates complete perforated monogrammed facade for Louis Vuitton Tokyo

Japanese studio Aoki Jun and Associates redesigned the facade of the Louis Vuitton store in the Ginza district of Tokyo with a patterned and perforated shell based on the brand’s monogram. Aoki Jun and Associates was commissioned to produce the new facade for the corner plot site of Louis Vuitton’s Ginza Flagship store. Related story: […]

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