curved stainless steel defines arquitectura-g's acne studios store in nagoya, japan
 

curved stainless steel defines arquitectura-g's acne studios store in nagoya, japan

barcelona-based studio, arquitectura-g, has completed the design of a new retail space in nagoya for luxury fashion brand acne studios. the project, which covers a total floor area of 2960 ft2 (275 m2), has been developed around the notion of contrasts. playing with high-tech and low-tech, roughness and delicateness, chaos and order, the final interior welcomes clients into a fine balance of opposing elements. 

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the store stretches over one elongated floor level, which the architects describe as ‘a kind of cave.’ a glazed façade lines one side, allowing passersby to catch a glimpse of the silvery interior. once inside, the store is delineated by stainless steel partitions, which curve around the space to subtly guide customers as they browse. these smooth mirror-like panels and their shelves are precision-cut to be as thin and delicate as paper, in contrast to the course texture of the surrounding structural columns. 

curved stainless steel defines arquitectura-g's acne studios store in nagoya, japan designboom

 

 

in contrast to the stainless steel, the floor is fully covered in plush carpet, which has been custom-made to appear rough but feel soft to the touch. this textured surface extends onto two podiums that function as seating and display areas. the ceiling provides a stark contradiction to the smooth flooring, as it is instead a chaotic assortment of exposed lighting cables and ventilation ducts. on this surface benoit lalloz has designed the lighting fixtures to perfectly complement arquitectura-g‘s interior. 

curved stainless steel defines arquitectura-g's acne studios store in nagoya, japan designboom

curved stainless steel defines arquitectura-g's acne studios store in nagoya, japan designboom

curved stainless steel defines arquitectura-g's acne studios store in nagoya, japan designboom

curved stainless steel defines arquitectura-g's acne studios store in nagoya, japan designboom

curved stainless steel defines arquitectura-g's acne studios store in nagoya, japan designboom

curved stainless steel defines arquitectura-g's acne studios store in nagoya, japan designboom

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curved stainless steel defines arquitectura-g's acne studios store in nagoya, japan designboom 

curved stainless steel defines arquitectura-g's acne studios store in nagoya, japan designboom

curved stainless steel defines arquitectura-g's acne studios store in nagoya, japan designboom

floor plan of the store

 

 

project info:

 

project name: acne studios shop

location: nagoya, japan

architect: arquitectura-g

lighting design: benoit lalloz

promoter: acne studios

surface: 2960 ft2 (275 m2)

designed: 2019

completed: 2019

photography: josé hevia

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