Guangzhou-based design studio
The store is set within an existing 1980s building, which the city didn’t allow having any external modifications to the original fabric. In order to create a commercially successful, captivating retail experience, DOMANI decided to insert a space between the building’s façade and the store’s new entrance. They pushed back the entry point by 3 metres from the original façade, creating a two-storey
DOMANI searched for discarded material to use within the canyon, settling for a red clay brick that’s between 60-80-years old, and extensively used in Chinese construction. They modernised the material by building a distinctive three-dimensional experience bathed in natural light – from 110:00 am in the morning to 4:00-6:00 pm in the afternoon, the sunlight passes through the space, creating a dynamic experience.
The traditional rectangular windows of the original building are projected into the canyon, while the carved side walls dictate the route of light. The windows of the interior wall are more contemporary in nature, signalling at the contrast that lies inside.
Within the canyon, DOMANI inserted 10-metre-high suspended light fixtures that draw people’s attention to the commercial space on the second floor. The lights illuminate and deliberately emphasise a bespoke installation created for this project that lies underneath them.
“We collected some products from the store and processed them with a mixture of cement and acrylic,” explains the design team, who worked with an art exhibition design brand A&V to create the installation. “Soft, fresh products were covered and hardened, becoming completely different in context. In fact, apart from being seen as ‘abandoned’, they also allude to the concept of ‘ time ‘.”
Inside is an entirely different story. The solidity and the texture of bricks are replaced with smooth, slick, reflective and backlit surfaces. Brushed
The arresting seven-meter-diameter image of the