First Aesop Store in Oslo, Norway Shop Interior, Images, Norwegian Architecture, Architect, News
Aesop Store in Oslo
Prinsensgate Shop Interior: Norway Retail – design by Snohetta, architects
page updated 19 Oct 2016 with new photos ; 17 Dec 2014
Aesop Store Oslo
Location: Prinsensgate, Oslo, Norway
Design: Snøhetta, architects
Snøhetta Designs Aesop’s Store no. 100 – Aesop’s First Norwegian Signature Store
Aesop’s very first signature store in Norway is located in Prinsensgate in Oslo. The store, designed in collaboration with Snøhetta, is the 100th Aesop store to be opened worldwide.
Inspired by the sensory experience of the Aesop consultation process, the architectural exploration began by revealing materials and surfaces that have been hidden and covered within the space, some dating back to the 1800s – a process of archaeology. Once revealed in the renovation process, the cosmetic of the new materiality was added to the interior’s existing surfaces, contemporizing the old.
In this intimate 66 square meter space, our goal was to do a lot with little; to play with contrasts in both material and form – with the contemporary and the traditional. The interior has been reshaped most dramatically where there was most freedom to do so – on the ceiling plane. Here, a traditional form reminiscent of Orthodox churches and monasteries has been contemporized in ten imposing, intersecting domes, finished with matte gypsum plaster to accentuate their varying proportions.
This dynamic surface not only creates a sense of depth and wonder, it also allows for playful experimentation with lighting and acoustics.
The movement through the space is directed by the centrally located sink. This is where the customers wash their hands, products can be tested, and demonstrations can be made. Its form replicates those of the ceiling domes almost in reverse. The multiple domes in the ceiling function to de-focus the space, while the single wash basin focuses the activities.
Original floor tiles are treated with a warm, pale finish to effect a cloudy surface that compliments restored and whitewashed walls. The products themselves are evenly exhibited on simple shelves and discreet horizontal niches. The products play the part of supporting actors where the customer is the lead. Brass taps and fixtures contrast the predominantly monochromatic palette.
Aesop Store in Oslo images / information from Snøhetta
Another Aesop Shop interior on e-architect – in Singapore by Snøhetta
image courtesy of architects
Another Aesop Store interior on e-architect – in the US by David Jameson Architects
photo courtesy of architects
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Aesop Store in Oslo Building
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