'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
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