Articles on Retail

Chengdu Zhongshuge by X+Living. Photos Shao Feng
 

X+Living's fanciful bookstore is a wonderland for all ages

CHENGDU – Part bookstore, part library; the magical world of literature has been brought to life in a unique setting in a shopping mall in central China.

Lane 189 by UNStudio. Photos Hufton + Crow / Eric Jap (lead image)
 

UNStudio fabricates a patterned façade of tessellated diamonds

SHANGHAI – More of a commercial destination than a conventional shopping mall, Lane 189 makes a deeper connection between brands and the young professionals in the area.

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Ajiroen Shop by Tyrant Inc. Photos Tomoki Hirokawa
 

Tyrant Inc challenges anxiety by creating tension

TOKYO – A shop for specialist tea brand Ajiroen adds the final piece to a five-part puzzle in a city 50-km west of Tokyo.

Common Ground by Urbantainer. Photos Kyungsub Shin / Young Kim
 

Urbantainer breaks down the negative stereotypes of modular building

SEOUL – Built from 200 shipping containers over a 5300-sq-m area, Common Ground is the world’s largest retail platform made of container modules.

The curved store fronts line the interior space of the new arcade with rhythm and repetition
 

ACME interweaves a new retail destination with historical traditions

LEEDS – ACME gives a nod towards local history with a modern twist on the classic Victorian arcades in a vibrant city centre in the United Kingdom.

Beams of light and traditional woods set the mood.
 

Roovice architect firm sparks the appetite for Miyagawa Bagels

MIURA – A recent renovation in a Japanese coastal village might result in culinary superlatives.

The mountain panorama translated into an urban setting.
 

Green development fertilises Clichy-Batignolles district in Paris' periphery

PARIS – A sustainable development by Atelier Du Pont and Jean Bocabeille Architects is uprooting the outskirts of Paris for a new landscape.

The complex responds to the urban identity defining many of Montpellier’s new developments.
 

Jacques Ferrier unveils new urban development in the French Riviera

MONTPELLIER – Inspired by Mediterranean iconography, a Paris firm contributes a multi-purpose complex to the development of France's fastest growing city.

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The firm identifies the design as ‘paying homage to quintessential British heritage’.
 

NC Design & Architecture conceals an elite Hong Kong bar with umbrella boutique

HONG KONG – Handcrafted, ornate umbrellas presented within lavish glass displays characterise the façade of what appears to be a high-end store.

Presented with an open lot, the architects devised a creative solution to allow residents to control privacy.
 

Comte Vollenweider's adjustable timber facades let housing complex residents control privacy

MOUANS-SARTOUX – Located in a medieval town in the south-eastern corner of France, a social housing complex brings a contemporary edge to the historic area.

123 social housing units designed by Christian de Portzamparc.
 

Fifteen architecture firms gave Paris' longest building a new lease of life

PARIS – A large-scale urban renewal project in Paris is nearing completion with various architecture firms collaborating on the renovation.

Large glass openings on each oblong building allow for natural sunlight to flood in.
 

gmp Architekten develops a large urban quarters on an entire city block

SHANGHAI – A new mixed-use development adopts prevalent design in the traditional Shanghai streetscape.