A flagship design proposed for a Marc Ecko shoe store in Chew's Lane, Wellington, New Zealand. The design was inspired by Frank Gehry's Tribeca Issy Miyake store.
The shop front is understated and exclusive. Walls are covered with Titanium. The logo is laser cut and illuminated with mounted red LED strip light fixed inside the titaniums strips. Ecko unltd is embossed and coated in matte black. Three glass bowls with a diameter of 500mm are stacked vertically in the middle of the store front in the centre of the wall, 1000mm from the floor and spaced 80mm apart. The shop door is an automatic glass sliding door covered in a red flim with the ecko logo continuous horizontally 300mm from the top of the door. The floor plan for the store is based on a street scene with shop fronts. Each shop front cubicle represent a range of shoes. Walls are covered with a thin layer of titanium (20mm cavity between the wall and titanium) with the ecko logo cut out in the centre of each shop front. Red LED strip lights mounted on the inside of the cutout will illuminate the logo. 1m waved titanium, placed as indicated on the floor plan, will ripple up the side of the store front and fold over the top of the store fronts. Uplights will be placed flush with the high gloss timber floor which will illuminate the titanium. The titanium strips emulate the constant movement of the hip hop genre.
Each storefront cubicle has three storage cupboards which operates with a touch spring system (use manufacturer's instructions for installation). Touch screen consoles in each cubicle connects to the store room at the back of the store. The dance floor to the back of the store affords clients the opportunity to try the product before committing to purchasing the goods.
Nautillus II - Gastrodome
The Nautillus II, a seafood gastrodome, was designed and inspired by the currents of the ocean. The location of the building was next to a wharf with a wide range of boats moored on a regular basis.
The floor plan for the main restaurant, Captain Nemo, was based on tidal patterns. The walls slant inwards from the ceiling to the floor and would be covered by a thin layer of titanium. Thin wave bent strips of titanium would cover the ceiling hiding strategically placed coloured down lights, which would be used to illuminate the top part of the walls. The purpose of these strips are to simulate the reflection of water when looking up to the surface from underneath the sea and will be spaced 50mm apart. Coloured uplights will be placed at the base of the walls to facilitate a colour blend on the walls as indicated in the perspective drawings.The floor will be rendered with polished concrete to reflect the ceiling and therefore creating the illusion of rippled sand at the bottom of the ocean.
Exiting the main restaurant into the heart of the gastrodome the experience changes from under the sea to a night scape on the surface of the sea. Here we observe the hull of a ship while looking up at the stars. The ceiling would be fitted with scattered LED lights to create the perception of a night sky.
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