Gant store by Core Architecture, Washington, DC

January 16th, 2014 by retail design blog

International clothing, accessories and home décor retailer Gant chose CORE to consult and execute the corporate design of the store located at 3239 M Street NW, Washington, DC. Gant picked a long, narrow 113-year old building to house its new store, so CORE combined classic architectural elements with modern design details to highlight the merchandise.

CORE maintained some of the red-brick structure and plaster walls, then implemented a brightly-lit muted design scheme that includes rough-hewn wood floors, neutral cabinetry/millwork, white subway tile, and contrasting mid-century modern furniture to enhance the original features.

As a nod to the building’s former jazz bar/lounge tenant, CORE also salvaged places where performers’ names had been hand-painted onto the walls. Outside, CORE preserved much of the building’s original brick façade and cornice molding while incorporating more glass to let in natural light and create a fresh retail storefront framed in painted era-appropriate wood trim.

Designed by Core Architecture








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