Aesop Shop, Düsseldorf Interior Architecture, Architects, German Retail Project, Images
Aesop Shop in Düsseldorf
Retail Interior Project, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany – design by Snøhetta
3 Jun 2016
Location: Grabenstraße, Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Building combines restrained gesture with succinct appearance
On June 2nd, Aesop opened its tenth signature store in Germany. Located in Grabenstraße, this is the very first store to open in the city of Düsseldorf. Aesop Grabenstraße is the second store designed by Snøhetta to open in Germany, preceded by Aesop Fasnanstraße in Berlin.
In harmony with the handsome pedestrian plaza in which the store is situated – host to a variety of markets and fairs – the design subtly blurs distinctions between interior and exterior, and effects subdued contrasts of materiality and form.
Blonde-hued, tiered shelving crafted from Douglas Fir curves around the walls to effect a crescent suggestive of an amphitheater beckoning audiences; embedded downlights from the ceiling mirrors its form.
This implicit extension of the plaza is amplified by a monolithic concrete sink; reminiscent of a fountain around which local might regularly gather. Conversely, an element of the interior is continued just beyond the stone façade, where two timber benches fitted with planter boxes invite visitors to sit and linger in the shade outside.
With the recent opening, the store in Düsseldorf becomes the fifth space resulting from the collaboration between Aesop and Snøhetta.
For over 25 years, Snøhetta has designed with some of the world’s most notable public and cultural projects. Snøhetta kick-started its career in 1989 with the competitionwinning entry for the new library of Alexandria, Egypt. This was later followed by the commission for the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo and the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion at the World Trade Center in New York City, among many others. Since its inception, the practice has maintained its original transdisciplinary approach, integrating architectural, landscape and interior design in all of its projects.
Aesop was founded in Melbourne in 1987 and today offers its superlative formulations in signature stores around the world. As the company evolves, meticulously considered design remains paramount to the creation of each space.
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