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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Marni Sloane Street in London, UK by Sybarite

 
February 23rd, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Sybarite

Incorporating organic sculptural elements, the design for Marni’s flagship London store creates a unique sense of visual connectivity that encourages full exploration of the two level shop. The gleaming white resin ground floor seamlessly stretches up to the first floor so that both levels appear attached. Stainless steel steps have been cut into the inclined wave that connects the floors and add to the flowing sense of movement. Polished stainless steel rails, used for displaying merchandise, migrate freely through the space like legs of futuristic insects.

Images Courtesy Richard Davies

  • Architect: Sybarite – Simon Mitchell, Torquil McIntosh
  • Name of Project: Marni Sloane Street
  • Location: London, UK
  • Client: Marni – Consuelo & Gianni Castiglioni
  • Specialist Contractor: Marzoratti Ronchetti – Stefano Ronchetti and Roberto Travaglia
  • Structural Engineer: Techniker, Ltd. – Matthew Wells, Megan Maclaurin
  • Photographer: Richard Davies
  • Shop Area: 406 m²
  • Completed: August 2003

The mirrored metalwork undulates and wraps its way through the three primary shop areas forming a continuous, fluid line without the need for floor fixtures. Colour plays an important role in creating this fantastic space, with a vibrant red ceiling pierced by large, custom-made elliptical light fittings. All the while, the clothes themselves catch diffused white light that highlights patterns and textures. Softly carpeted cut-out seating areas are featured in each shopping zone and a separate VIP space houses private fitting rooms and elliptical seating in white leather.

 

Images Courtesy Richard Davies

Images Courtesy Richard Davies

Images Courtesy Richard Davies

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