Athens optical store by Simos Vamvakidis

December 4th, 2011 by retail design blog

An optical store in Neo Psyhiko, Athens, is a lesson in organization. The 65-sq-m space is long and narrow, with a 3-m-wide façade facing the street. Architect Simos Vamvakidis says the client asked for separate spaces to display sunglasses, vision glasses and products for various age groups.

‘The resulting architectural gesture could be characterized as a simple metaphor – an experiment of space – that’s founded on the coexistence between these two elements: the soaring and the grounded,’ Vamvakidis says.

Products for youth are displayed on free-standing surfaces, while products for older clients are on a rectangular volume that incorporates storage space in its lower half. Meanwhile, sunglasses are displayed on plywood and regular glasses rest on the black iron surface, which extends to the mezzanine where contact lenses are presented.

Photos courtesy Ioanna Roufopoulou

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