Posts Tagged ‘concrete shell’

Balenciaga store by Gonzalez Haase, Paris – France

March 14th, 2017

Following last year’s launch of a brand new Balenciaga boutique in Los Angeles – the first major retail endeavour under the supervision of the Georgian designer – its flagship store at homebase Paris has now been fully revamped according to the latest design codes.

Marcelo Burlon Pop-Up store, Tokyo – Japan

March 8th, 2017

Starting out with a hailed line of T-shirts with exuberant and exotic yet street-cred designs, Burlon gradually expanded his collection to a complete men’s wardrobe, and is now testing the water for further expansion into the retail arena. Not shy of a challenge, he has turned to the savvy Japanese market, and opened a standalone pop-up store in Tokyo’s upscale shopping area of Aoyama.

Cultural centre by Héctor Fernández Elorza and Manuel Fernández Ramírez, Jarandilla – Spain

December 19th, 2016

The white boards are slightly raised on one side, to sit on top of a stone wall that belongs to the promontory the village has grown around. This stone also remains visible around the edge on the floor of the space, while granite tiles cover the rest.

Jam hotel by Lionel Jadot, Brussels – Belgium

August 25th, 2016

Throughout the premises an infusion of pinewood can be witnessed, applied as a decorative element or in pure functional form, softening any excess of austerity along the way.

Homme Plissé Issey Miyake boutique by Naoto Fukasawa, Tokyo – Japan

June 15th, 2016

Thin black beams have been inserted, in a different pattern on each floor, and creating an intriguing spatial effect. These beams simultaneously serve as clothing racks.

Jac+ Jack store by George Livissianis, Sydney – Australia

April 21st, 2016

Parts of the concrete shell, most notably the ceiling with meandering utility pipes and pillars, form an integral part of a beautifully balanced monochrome palette of grey hues.

Heike Store by AN, Hangzhou – China

January 9th, 2016



The soaring emergence of China’s middle class has greatly boosted the quality and diversity of retail in its leading cities, but it’s now gaining new momentum with improved offerings in a number of second-tier urban hubs such as Hangzhou.

N ID a Deux Store, Tokyo – Japan

August 31st, 2015



With a keen eye for forward fashion, Dune is a Tokyo-based agency that’s on top of its game.

Blue Bottle Café by Schemata Architects, Tokyo – Japan

April 20th, 2015

Blue Bottle Café by Schemata Architects, Tokyo – Japan

Siblingsfactory Store by Julien de Smedt, Brussels – Belgium

April 13th, 2015

Siblingsfactory Store by Julien de Smedt, Brussels – Belgium

Holy Fox bar and restaurant by Mikhail Kozlov, Moscow – Russia

January 15th, 2015


The interior of Holy Fox, created by russian architecture practice WowHaus, is one that has a distinct international style.

P & T store by Fabian von Ferrari, Berlin – Germany

October 31st, 2014

Light and airy, the store is furnished with angular wooden fixtures that blend well with its concrete shell, although the original industrial character is softened by the shine of pristine white paint on the floor.

Mozilla headquarters by MKThink, Mountain View – California

October 6th, 2014

The open stair links the two floor plates for increased face-to-face interaction. The entry space offers a glimpse into the office beyond, with easy access to bike storage and different levels of security access for employees and volunteers.

Hotel V, Amsterdam

July 6th, 2013

The modernity of the concrete shell, including bare utility pipes and wiring, has been mixed and matched with modern and faux-vintage furnishings that give the property an eclectic look with fun factor.

1984 store, Seoul

October 3rd, 2012

An interesting store with big ambitions emerged in Seoul’s happening retail scene. Called 1984, the store has its roots in publishing and its name is obviously derived from George Orwell’s ominous yet iconic novel.

CAFES! Frjtz Cafe by Y.A. Studio, San Francisco

August 28th, 2012

Y.A. studio converted a nearby dark concrete shell into a light-filled cafe with living terrariums that brings the outside world in.

Y. Di Cassanova store by Van Halewyck & Marco, Antwerp

August 29th, 2011

The semi-transparent aspect of the building is subtly mirrored in the interior with white glowing translucent panels.