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.
La Despensa Bosques in Mexico City, Mexico by BXH ARCHITECTURE
November 13th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: BXH ARCHITECTURE
Located on the west end of Mexico City, La DespensaBosques is a space designed under two fundamental concepts: “We are aware that a successful business thrives not only on sales, but also in offering a shopping experience worth repeating”, and also “at the same time offering products that aren’t available in big supermarket chains”.
The challenge was precisely finding the middle point between the macro-tendency towards “green” (fair trade, organic, healthy, eco-friendly), and the quality and operation standards offered on an ordinary supermarket.
The concept of the project is born from the use of regular supermarket design typologies fitted into a 2,150ft2plan, turning it into a mini supermarket, a unique concept in Mexico City.
The product offer is the same as in regular market chains, with fruits and vegetables, meat and groceries, bakery, wine, household and canned goods, among many others, available in their common version as well as their healthy option: gluten free, salt free and kosher certified.
The sober selection of colors and materials applied to the space, generate an intense contrast with the products, highlighting them and allowing them to act as the main characters of the design.
Inside, a wall of fruits and vegetables fill the air with delicate and pleasant scents, which mix with colors, textures and warm lighting, generating a pleasurable and swift shopping experience. At the back, the bakery possesses a rustic look and feel, with natural fiber baskets holding bread, hand knitted by Mexican craftsmen. The display area consists of a flexible, modular system made of chromed wire shelves with adaptableheight, generating an exhibition space defined by the size of the products it contains, making their placement easier.
The kosher certified products along with the wine and liquor section are located at the end of the aisle which leads to the two register lines, each one holding a generous impulse buying section and a tasting area for the clients to pick new products to take with them on their next visit.
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Category: shopping center