slade architecture’s store for flight club LA (FCLA) is to present the sneakers’ design without any distractions. located in west hollywood, the space is split down into two rooms and is devoid of anything except for product display and a bench, made of materials highlighting the shoes.



FCLA’s new operable glass façade opens the public side to the street. the other side contains all storage, the cash register, and other functions.



by stripping the building down to its essentials, slade reveals the undecorated essence of the utilitarian structure. new materials were selected for their utilitarian beauty and are minimally modified. sheets of sanded aluminum and raw plywood provide a backdrop in keeping with the exposed structure to spotlight the decorative quality of the wall of sneakers. the changing materiality of the different display areas focuses the space on shoes that are especially noteworthy.



the only furnishing in the space is a custom bench that incorporates angled try-on mirrors. the façade of the display area is understated and abstractly contextual, with a plain monolithic plaster volume resting above a glass ground floor. the glazing is a frameless glass system that pivots fully open to create a porous zone between the sidewalk and the interior. the only signage is a custom floor treatment at the entry.



slade used the double storefront to a unique advantage by creating a side by side arrangement instead of a front and back one. the architects and FCLA organized one storefront as pure product display and user experience, while the second storefront houses all the necessary back of house uses. 


videos by complex




project info:

design team: james slade, hayes slade, haelee jung, matthew fischer
photography: tom sibley

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.


edited by: maria erman | designboom

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news