torafu architects wraps aesop NEWoMan shinjuku in limestone
 
torafu architects wraps aesop NEWoMan shinjuku in limestone torafu architects wraps aesop NEWoMan shinjuku in limestone
apr 29, 2016

torafu architects wraps aesop NEWoMan shinjuku in limestone

torafu architects wraps aesop NEWoMan shinjuku in limestone
all images © takumi ota

 

 

having already designed other aesop stores in japan including one in kyoto and osaka, torafu architects have completed the recent fit-out of the australian skincare brand’s latest location inside the NEWoMan shinjuku shopping mall in tokyo. the compact and square floorplan measures at a width of 4.9 meters and 9.2 meters in depth to form a three-dimensional grid. the space is sited in the core of a level with two paths on either side and surrounded by other retail shops.

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the floorplan has been arranged in a grid

 

 

 

‘in order to independent the wall-less space visually, we proposed to use limestone as a main material, which has a presence.’ comments torafu architects. the material is prominently used on the floor, columns and fixtures – appearing to be sculpted from a single mass – with a total of 108 pieces of the stone used. similar to the aesthetics of an aesop store, a large sink unit has been integrated into the adjacent column and transforms into a tiered shelving display.

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the store is defined by its use of limestone on the surfaces, columns and flooring

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a large sink unit has been integrated into the adjacent column and transforms into a tiered shelving display

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the range of recognized aesop products are displayed on the tiered shelving

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the concept of the project was for the retail space to visualize as a single mass of limestone

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a total of 108 pieces of limestone was used

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