The project scores the ambitious “smart and easy” goal of the architect and ownership. CANDIDA megastores, designed by Christopher Ward Studio, already opened in Naples Grandistazioni and Foggia, Bari, Salerno and is expanding to other regions from south to northern Italy.
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Tokujin Yoshioka, the Tokyo-based architect who has created interiors of many Issey Miyake boutiques across the planet, has designed a setting that hinges on an intricate balance between a futuristic aesthetic with clean lines, captured by coloured aluminum panels, and the building’s original architectural details.
The concept for the entrance installation has been designed as a timeless flexible tool for giving the different frequently collections attractive stages throughout the year. Before ZARA selected the beautiful 4.000 sqm space from the thirties and converted it into the ZARA Flagship store in Milan, the building hosted a theatre and later the “Astra” Cinema for many years.
The retail space expresses the theme of a luxury resort, boasting a warm atmosphere thanks to the use of natural materials — primarily wood — used throughout. The French-born, Japan-based creative turned to his previous work on the waterfront CABaN café, lounge and terrace, by employing the palettes he used in that build to construct the supporting columns found throughout the lifestyle shop.
The interior store layout is a metaphor for the breaking waves that inspired the angled layout of the fixtures. Fixtures are clustered in stories – much like campfires around which customers gather along the shoreline. A signature deep aqua resin concrete flooring defines the area for the sandbar and customer service.