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atelier KUU: chico
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mar 06, 2011
atelier KUU: chico


‘chico’ by atelier KUU
images courtesy atelier KUU

 

 

 

osaka-based studio, atelier KUU has designed ‘chico’, a hyper minimalist pet store located in shizuoka japan. centered around an enlarged and simplified dog house -  a motif that is repeated through the space – the design features thick intersecting planes of exposed concrete and smooth white surfaces. large frameless windows cut through the exterior walls and open onto a small green lawn that doubles as a dog park during business hours. accessed through a miniature kennel-shaped door, dogs are given free-reign to both the store and the green space out front while their owners shop.

 

 


 a large house-shaped volume conceals secondary functions such as storage

 

 


(left) point of purchase
(right) displays

 

 


floating shelves house a curated collection of pet accessories that relate to the overall aesthetics of the retail outlet

 

 


looking into the store from the front lawn

 

 


dog park

 

 


front facade

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