Burberry have continued on from the Burberry Live flagship store at London Regent Street with a new store in Hong Kong at a mall i love and blogged about some time ago, Pacific Place. The store design follows the same Live concept, but the photos hint that the fixtures and furnishings are a lighter more contemporary retail orientated position than the refined, classical premium appearance in Regent St.
In store at Pacific Place there seems to be less indication of the multi channel influence like in Regent Street, multimedia screens are replaced with a denser product offer, particularly on perimeter fixtures. The outside of the store however features light and potentially movement (it should move if it doesn’t!), lots of it in fact. The whole facade over two floors of the mall is illuminated in the famous Burberry pattern, in blue, reminding me slightly of a somewhat garish Victoria’s Secret shop front concept seen recently at Westfield Stratford in London.
Hot on the heels of my last shopping centre orientated blog post I have found a case study of another one in Hong Kong. I was actually looking for sculptural installation work by Thomas Heatherwick for a shopping centre project I am working on in England, when I came across Pacific Place. Thomas Heatherwick was commisioned to rennovate this shopping centre and it just looks incredible.
It ripples and flows organically from the external stone facade, through the interior surfaces, glass, mall edges and ceiling features, to intricate details such as lift cars and their calling buttons. Such is the sense of fluidity to the building Heatherwick has moved to soften all angular edges, one impressive instance of this, a new restaurant on the upper level, features skylights clad in timber with softened edges. Continue Reading
G-Star have unveiled their new Hong Kong flagship store, it is the brands largest flagship in the world. Typically G-Star with its contemporary industrial look and feel through the use of steel and exposed concrete, or ‘natural and raw materials’ it is certainly nothing new for the brand but its wow factor cannot be denied.
Measuring 7,319 square feet the store features the brands entire collection. The space features a floor to ceiling LCD wall and a custom designed dressing area. The exterior facade for me is most impressive with a 6 storey high Corton steel sheeting encasing the whole building. Continue Reading
Billions is a series of images from Ward Roberts, an Australian photographer. They explore reflections of light and the shapes and patterns they create throughout Hong Kong high rises and skyscrapers. Quite simply, the images are hauntingly beautiful and I want one on my wall. Continue Reading