Retail architecture

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about retail architecture

NewsNews • 23 May 2024

Storefront in Amsterdam by Dok architecten features sculpted facade of hand-molded bricks

The Italian fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana has opened a store in Amsterdam's P.C. Hooftstraat retail district. The distinctive facade, designed by locally-based Dok architecten, draws inspiration from the image of a 'tough lady on high heels.' The facade's design incorporates sloping surfaces to create a dynamic play of shadows, achieving a balance of strength and elegance. According to Dok architecten, the robust figure of the woman transfers her power to the 'long legs' of the base, which then rest on very narrow 'high heels' on the ground. Arjen Schmitz Arjen Schmitz Dok architecten This striking envelope is crafted from traditional hand-molded bricks, baked in an old ring kiln. The bricks were assembled i... More

Project • By nextofficeShopping Centres

Bijou Shop in Tehran Grand Bazaar

When we were commissioned with the interior design of this jewelry store, we contemplated how to create a unique showroom that would possess both distinctive elements and an integrated unity, while providing an innovative space for visitors to explore. Parham Taghioff Majid Jahangiri The main concept of the design is as if thousands of years of gold discovery are revealed in a single moment. In response to the excessive and chaotic nature of neighboring shops, we created a dual contrast between glow and darkness, fuss and silence, cubic stone slabs with straight and sharp cuts, and organic cavities on rough surfaces and corners. It is as if along a narrow and dark corridor, the store’s walls have thickened, and irregular sc... More

Project • By HYLE design studioShops

Hermina Athens

Hermina Athens shop is designed to feel like a sanctuary; a place that feels like a home and a magical place at the same time. The HYLE and Hermina collaboration was a journey to create the dream boutique for the owner, which aspires to be more than an architecturally perfect space for her. It is a place destined to express the essence of the Hermina brand, communicate the craft of jewelry making and showcase the created collections. ANO Atelier ANO Atelier The project’s challenge was to materialize the character and identity of the brand. Choosing all-natural materials was the immediate response to this brief, producing a space characterized by a fluid tactility. The idea of forging a primitive or cave-like space came to m... More

Project • By GRID ArchitectsApartments

10 George Street

10 George Street was completed for Canary Wharf Group’s rental platform Vertus. The first of three build-to-rent developments to arrive on the Wood Wharf Estate, it provides 327 homes, new retail spaces and shared amenities for residents. © Jack Hobhouse The building’s podium and tower are two distinct elements with the podium block, clad in stone, helping to create a legible human scale facing onto George Street and the water’s edge. Fronting onto Canary Wharf’s South Dock, GRID Architects’ bold design has a strong urban presence suited to the prominent location in Wood Wharf, east of Canary Wharf. The masterplan for Wood Wharf was designed by Allies and Morrison – the intention for this devel... More

Project • By Akin AtelierShops


Akin Atelier have designed an experience-driven space for Poho Double Bay, setting a new pace for excellence in the world of floral retail. Drawing inspiration from ephemeral land artists Andy Goldsworthy & Robert Smithson, the spatial design is an immersive framework to capture the changing rhythms of the store landscape; offering a place to experience, linger, and observe.  Dave Wheeler Materiality & tone is an oscillation of contrasts; Delicate / Robust. Ephemeral / Lasting. Growing / Grounded. A dialogue between the evanescent beauty of stems and buds, and the slow patina of the manmade framework that surrounds them.  Swathed in a mix of icy blues and sandy neutrals, the store’s material palette is compos... More

Project • By Studio BipolarShops

BalloonKraft Store

Studio Bipolar designs a fun, interactive balloon store in the heart of Delhi’s Select City Walk MallTucked into the outside facade of Delhi’s Select City Walk Mall, this balloon store packs a lot of character and color into a small space. Designed with its limited space in mind, the store has been creatively laid out to optimize storage and streamline the checkout process without crowding the space. Anmol Wahi The most important aspect of this store is its fun, inviting design. Bright colors pop out against stark white storage units, neon signage rests on fluted panelling, and a bright blue dome set into the ceiling houses the pendant light. Straight lines have no space in this store. instead , the storage unit breaks out... More

Project • By BuchanOffices

Pentridge Village

The former Pentridge Prison site is set to transform into a vibrant and sustainable urban village that celebrates the rich cultural history of the infamous gaol. The design blends the old with the new. Buchan’s design for the retail and entertainment component combines heritage buildings with thoughtful, contemporary design. The goal is to invigorate an important historical asset to create a shopping centre and community piazza featuring a retail and laneway dining precinct and represent the scale and character of the well-known prison. Caption The sustainable and adaptive reuse of ‘A’ Division uses form and materiality as a tribute to the old Pentridge. This will preserve its historic integrity, including the famou... More

Project • By BergmeyerShops

Wilson Sporting Goods NYC Pop-Up Experience

Founded in 1914, Wilson’s iconic brand has consistently shaped the world of sports through developments and advancements in sporting goods and gear. Their products can be found across the globe and in the hands of some of the greatest athletes at the top of their sporting leagues. And perhaps most iconic is their role and ubiquity in tennis. So, as a tie-in to the 2021 U.S. Open, Wilson looked to create a partner experience in the City that strove to capture the energy and excitement of that marquee event. Richard Cadan Photography To bring Wilson’s vision to fruition, Bergmeyer was enlisted to lead the collaboration with the Wilson creative team to create a distinctive experience; part museum, part lab, part lounge, and p... More

Project • By BergmeyerShops


Do we like to partner with socially conscientious brands that are raising the bar in the retail industry? Yes, we do. Everlane, known for exceptional quality, ethical factories, and radical transparency, has begun to selectively open more brick-and-mortar locations. When invited to work with their team on several new retail stores, our response was, “when do we begin?” Caption Initially brought on as Architect of Record, we also collaborated with Everlane on design decisions, executing their brand identity and aesthetic at new locations in Seattle and Georgetown. While there is recognizable brand consistency at every store, aspects of each location are also woven into the experiences. Both stores, for instance, were uniqu... More

Project • By Nissen Richards StudioShops

Watford High Street

Designs by Nissen Richards Studio for the redevelopment of a complex, central Watford site, encompassing a new, mixed-use scheme that includes 25 residential units and a commercial ground floor area, have now received planning permission. The project is for client 46 and 48-50 High Street Limited and includes the removal of two locally-listed buildings on Watford High Street.  Caption The new scheme is comprised of two blocks, connected at ground level, where there are retail units and a residential entrance, along with bike and bin stores. The two blocks are separated at the first – podium – level by a courtyard. The proposed massing was split into two to address the different conditions and scales of buildings facin... More

Project • By Cavill ArchitectsShopping Centres

Hyperdome North Mall Extension

Inspired by the tropical Queensland climate, the newly transformed Hyperdome North Mall creates a vibrant and memorable environment for shoppers through its playful design. Key dwell spaces are characterised by vibrant colours and textures framed by dappled sunlight which pours in from the lightweight ceiling canopy above, reminiscent of an external pergola; while the surrounding mall areas are kept neutral to highlight the retail offering. Bespoke seating and planters created in close collaboration with Quatro Design further complement the ‘landscape’ and ‘play’ theme which runs throughout. The opening of the North Mall marks the next chapter in the ongoing evolution of Hyperdome by our client QICGRE. The project... More

NewsNews • 13 Apr 2021

Tod’s Studio conceived as a constantly evolving film set

In Montenapoleone, Milan, Tod’s Studio is a laboratory of ideas and contents. It includes nearly 1000 square meters of variously themed rooms, pop-up areas and animations. It is designed as a gallery by Curiosity that will evolve, with spaces that can be used in a huge range of ways and where physical space merges with the digital world. Alessandra Chemollo Collections are displayed on walls as a selection of crafted pieces, carefully presented within strong and iconic frames. The pieces can be moved depending on the theme of the collection. The studio is constantly evolving, inspired by film studios with constantly developing storylines and sets. Alessandra Chemollo The main studio area is open to different collections un... More

Project • By COLLECTIVEShops

O.N.S Flagship

O.N.S. Flagship is located at 201 Mulberry Street in Nolita, New York. Formerly a garage, the site is 30 meters in depth and our design takes advantage of the sloping constraints. An asphalt ramp mitigate the level difference and draws shoppers deep into the space, while the standalone wooden box at the front accommodates retail in a typical ‘Nolita scale’.  At the back, ‘The Stage’ includes a 30-meter-long interactive curtain, transformable display units, a bespoke cashwrap counter, towering changing rooms and doubles up as an event space. Fashion, culture, art and design are constantly crossing over, ‘The Stage’ can instantly adapt to the ever-changing programmes in this retail-hybridization model... More

Project • By Studio LocomotiveBars

KOKO Restaurant

“THE NARRATIVE TO AN ANCESTRAL FOLKTALE OF THE COCONUT ISLAND”Fascinating oriental flavors complement a wondrous experience playing out at KOKO Restaurant, a dining outlet of The Village Coconut Island Resort Phuket serving self-service breakfast, casual gastronomic dinner, to midnight cocktails.  From a forgotten native folktale of a misfortunate fisherman, believed to be Coconut Island’s pioneer, who was saved ashore after a boat wreck accident by hugging a floating coconut to the island, Studio Locomotive made assumptions further towards his surviving journey and settlement that latter became the design concept of KOKO Restaurant; the fisherman discovered a freshwater pond in this ‘cave’ and decided to... More

Project • By ANA DESIGN STUDIO PVT LTDShopping Centres

Calabar Shopping Mall

In 2013, the Artee Group of Nigeria appointed ANA as primary design consultants for their retail real estate development projects. Artee is the largest retail supermarket player in Nigeria and represents SPAR as a brand.They successfully owned and operated 9 hypermarkets, prior to their foray in the retail real estate segment. Nigeria offers great opportunity, being a hydrocarbon producer and exporter, as well as boasting a largely young, urban and literate population.The aspirational Nigerian population was driving a huge consumption-driven economy, and the Artee Group wanted to create long term value, by providing well designed and well serviced modern retail malls in key cities. Being themselves the anchor tenants (as a SPAR hypermarke... More