snøhetta wraps aesop düsseldorf with tiered crescent shelving
 
snøhetta wraps aesop düsseldorf with tiered crescent shelving
jun 03, 2016

snøhetta wraps aesop düsseldorf with tiered crescent shelving

with aesop ION in singapore recently opened, snøhetta has completed another branch of the australian skincare brand in düsseldorf, germany. sited in a bustling pedestrian plaza in the city, the architect’s response sees the design of this aesop interior subtly blurs the boundaries between inside and outside.

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the focus inside is the tiered shelving made of douglas fir wood that curves around the space and stimulating a crescent effect that is reminiscent of an amphitheater. illuminated by downlights from the ceiling which mimics this floorplan, the retail space has used materiality, form and finished in neutral coloring to distinguish itself.

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the shelving made of fir wood wraps around the interior

 

 

at the center of this implicit extension of the plaza sits a monolithic concrete sink; influenced by a fountain which locals regularly gather. conversely, an element of the interior is continued just beyond the stone façade, where two timber benches fitted with planter boxes invite visitors to sit and linger in the shade outside.

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the tiered and curved form of the shelving produces an amphitheater effect

 

 

this is the fifth collaboration between the norwegian firm and aesop; see more aesop interiors by an array of architects here.

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snohetta’s response sees the interior subtly blurring between the boundaries of inside and outside

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neatly arranged row of aesop products line the shelves

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timber shelving topped with a concrete countertop

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