This optometry store features large openings on the façade shaped like a pair of cat’s eye glasses. Called OKIO, the store is freestanding in a shopping plaza where the eye-catching façade acts as a giant billboard, allowing customers to see through the storefront, and let in the natural light.
A large circular “oculus” skylight serves to light to the interior complemented by spotlights focused on the merchandise. A custom display bar and cashier stands underneath the skylight at the center of the space. The store contains a retail area, exam room, restrooms and storage.
The eyewear is arranged on display system of adjustable white metal shelves attached to floor-to-ceiling wood dowels. The natural color of the wood contrasts the cool white of the walls, forest-green millwork, the pastel-green terrazzo tiles and tropical plants from the exterior garden. Mirrors of different shapes and sizes reflect the different shapes in the ceiling and façade, creating a play of geometry throughout the store.
Design: Taller KEN
Photography: Byron Marmol, Marcelo Gutierrez
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