London Design Festival 2015: the Royal Institute of British Architects‘ annual Regent Street Windows project returns with 13 new installations up and down one of London’s most famous shopping streets (+ movie).
The RIBA Regent Street Windows project, which runs until 27 September 2015, pairs architecture firms with retailers on Regent Street to create a series of bespoke installations.
“Regent Street has beautiful architecture that’s been really well-developed over the years,” says RIBA chief executive Harry Rich in the movie, which Dezeen produced for RIBA.
“To have dynamic and challenging shop window displays up and down that classical architecture is something I hope shoppers and tourists will really enjoy.”
“We want the audience to be drawn in by this theatrical backdrop and to instil a curiosity about the brand, the craft and what the new collection is all about,” says Hassell’s Sarah Willats.
“As architects, we can bring our knowledge of structure and form to explore these materials.”
Space Group Architects covered Penhaligon’s window bays with moss and bark to represent aspects of the perfumer’s two latest fragrances. A combination of music and smoke emits from the doorway to lure passers-by inside.
“We got in touch with electronic musicians to compose a soundtrack for both window bays,” explains Space Group Architects founder Martin Gruenanger. “I like to call the installation a multi-sensory experience.”
How About Studio‘s Nick Wood teamed up with artist Gillian Lambert to create a lenticular wall made from shirts by Hawes & Curtis. From one side, passers by see black and white stripes, while the other angle reveals a blown-up detail of a check pattern.
“Our audience is always moving on this street and so our design really tried to respond to that,” explains Wood. “We only had a small budget to work with, so we had to be creative from the outset.”
Coppin Dockray Architects also chose to play with reflections in their installation for L’Occitane, which consists of a series of jagged reflective and non-reflective elements arranged to form a kaleidoscopic pattern.
“We have to compete with reflections from outside,” says Bev Dockray. “But we also like the idea that they become part of our installation.”
RIBA’s Regent Street Windows 2015 launched on 7 September and will continue throughout London Design Festival until 27 September. You can download a map showing the locations of all the projects here.
This movie was produced by Dezeen for RIBA. The music in the movie is by Wave Crushers.
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