MODO Store

MODO Store

Alesund, Norway | View Map
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Votton AS

MODO Store

INAINN AS as Architects

The architectural idea for store came from unique identity that Modo serves as a local retailer of Scandinavian brands and iconic fashion. Interior design draws attention to modern approach and idea of northern simplicity, but also aims at representing the spirit of cultural richness by using genuine, honest materials, mainly from local production. It resonates in physical space through the multiplication of objects in a reflective and semi-reflective environment. Nearly 220-square meters area becomes a stage for presenting both men’s and women’s fashion along two main walls, in linear system that follows the proportion of the place and give enough space for curiosity of clients, rummaging through products.


_neutral / background / monochromatic
Design explores interaction between materials, textures, lights and how they reflect in each other. These overlaps, noises and structural glitches create a fluid surrounding of forms and product traces, playing with what’s new and what was existing there before renovation. By using ordinary, commonly known materials in connection with extraordinary fashion items and transferring them into store’s space as a background for selling activities and placement of products, they become unique and remarkable.


_flexibility and multi-proposal open system
Central place is occupied by bespoke modules made out of stainless steel, positioned in various ways, which when taken away, free up the space for special events. The idea of flexible store’s treatment derives from growing trends of online shopping. The goal was to create engaging environments that would be variable and responsive to the clients.


_mass-production / prefabrication
Existing prefabricated construction elements in store are now connected to mass-produced materials such as corrugated steel plates, steel trusses or concrete bricks. The effect of chain production emerged also in bespoke design of stainless steel tiered shelving with hanging systems for clothes and accessories. Their size and placement refer to the existing structural system, enhancing its importance.


_curtains / front and back / hidden and revealed
Steel curtains as a store front, become the facade half-covering goods, but also presenting shopping window exhibition in a different light. It engages clients by creating atmosphere of mystery and discovery, by halfrevealed products, showed through mesh of industrial steel trusses. The central placement of entrance emphasises main axis of the store. The deeper stage of exploring the store consists of brick curtain wall with fitting rooms behind, which play a role in social scene and become instagram bait, putting and impact on online sharing of store experience. The physical environment has an impact on virtual appearance.


Overall usage of materials from local production markets and Greenguard certified textiles from Danish company ‘kvadrat’, gives another dimension to shop-fitting process, its sustainability and wisely planed interior concept. The idea to use new materials only in places, which needed renovation, combined with already existing, renewed elements also presents sustain approach in avoiding unnecessary overproduction. The coherent architectural concept is not only aesthetically well thought-through, but also follows newest trends in sustainable design.


Material Used :
1. Cladding/walls: corrugated steel plates
2. Flooring: existing concrete floor, renewed- polished
3. Doors: shop entrance made of steel gratings by SKODJE SVEIS AS, designed by INAINN
4. Roofing: existing prefabricated concrete roof, renewed- painted black
5. Interior lighting: NORLUX
6. Interior furniture: SKODJE SVEIS AS- production of bespoke stainless steel modules and system for hanging clothes, designed by INAINN
7. Textiles: KVADRAT TEXTILES / MAHARAM - type: Galaxy 466306–548 

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Interior lightingNORLUX
Doors: shop entrance made of steel gratingsSkodje Sveis AS
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by Kvadrat
by Maharam
Interior lighting
Doors: shop entrance made of steel gratings
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