Faust Store

Location: Oslo, Norway
Year of Construction: 2016
Architects: Snohetta

This shoe boutique takes its minimalist identity design and applies it to every aspect of their store: from their presentation cards to their shoe boxes, and the store itself. They borrowed visual inspiration from Goethe's Faust using materials, textures and shapes that could evoke the time in which the play was written, mixing it with the brand's view of shoemaking as an elegant and utilitarian craft.

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Boontheshop

Location: Gangnam district, Seoul, South Korea
Year of Construction: 2014
Architect: Peter Marino

The store's location, surrounded by an eclectic variety of architecture, predisposed its clean monolithic shape: the architect wanted the building to stand out in a sea of clashing elements, and by making it cleaner he managed to do so; the project's shape acts as a beacon for pedestrians. The double volumes that comprise it are also a product of the site: the lot is legally divided into two different plots; the architect managed to integrate this characteristic into his design. The interior, mostly consisting of architectural concrete, responds to the store's clientele, young uprising people and mature settled people; by playing with the building's already existing dualism, they mix a rawer and edgy design on one side and a more polished one on the other.

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Massimo Dutti

Location: Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico
Year of Construction: 2016
Architects: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

Located in Ciudad de Mexico's luxury district, or "the golden mile", this project dialogues with the site's existing architecture by mimicking the game of voids and fills present in the historical buildings that surround it. Its fiberglass perforated facade is inspired by Polanco's weaved iron railings; the screen panels are repeated at intervals to create the aforementioned voids on the facade. Its minimalist interior design ensures that the decorations don't steal attention from the store's products.

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House of Dior

Location: Gangnam district, Seoul, South Korea
Year of Construction: 2015
Architects: Christian de Portzamparc

Dior's flagship store in Seoul has a shape that aims to represent Dior and its designs as a whole; its fiberglass shell exterior evokes a soft, white piece of fabric, a clean, sculpturesque design that expresses the brand's identity, focused on elegance and simplicity. To make the experience of shopping in Dior completely holistic, the store includes a cafe on top of the building.

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AMORE Sulwhasoo Flagship Store

Location: Gangnam district, Seoul, South Korea
Year of Construction: 2016
Architects: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

This whimsical store's design was inspired, both literally and figuratively, by the concept of lanterns; the lantern concept was then broken into three smaller concepts: Journey, Identity and Memory, which shape the facade and interior of the store- after the clients walk and discover it, the intricate woven design of the store remains in their memory for a while. The wooden weave not only acts as a guide inside the store, it's also a source of light as it contains lighting fixtures; together they create an atmosphere akin to the interior of a lantern.

The store also aims to connect their customers with traditional Asian culture, which is a big part of the brand's conceptual identity.

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SND Fashion Store

Location: Chongqing, China
Year of Construction: 2014
Architects: 3GATTI

This store's unmissable white fiberglass ceiling design is a product of the architect's idea of hanging everything from it; the final result is the outcome of a 3D simulation, in which an elastic roof with heavy objects pulling it down was modeled. The structure's permeable surface holds light fixtures and other appliances, acting as full-sized ambient light screen; it also acts as a showcasing element for the products inside the store.

The facade is left translucid to allow the interior structure to be patent and lure customers in.

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