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Guylian is a high end chocolate provedore of Belgian origin who are pursuing a presence across Australasia. f&ha are the design team leading merger of the with the retail space experience with high quality brand which has been established for some time. The selected site provides a strong visual presence to the flow of pedestrians along one of the busiest streets in Sydney where the chocolates are in full view and within close proximity to the passerby.

We strived to create a stronger connection between the high quality of the product provided to the pedestrians and the experience and material qualities of the retail space. The idea of ‘exhibiting’ the produce to the passerby drove the simple, elegant palette. Simple, elegant palette of materials detailed in a recessive manner to allow the chocolates and products to act as the decoration. The eye should focus on the products with the architecture acting as a supporting element.

Chocolate in all varieties and textures is contrasted with the tactility and warmth of the timber, the elegance of the marble and the sharpness of the brass.

Architect: F&HA (Fleming & Hernandez Architects pty ltd)
Project team: Adrian Hernandez / Peter Fleming
Photography: Justin Alexander

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