A play of tactile contrasts at Acne Studios store in Nagoya

Arquitectura-G uses curved satin-finish steel partitions and raw surfaces for the Scandinavian fashion brand’s retail store in Japan.

In Nagoya, Japan, Arquitectura-G completed the retail store of the Swedish fashion brand Acne Studios. The Catalan practice has accustomed us to its home interiors full of refined details and warmth, in both colour range and scale. Today, however, it is working on projects that go beyond the geographical and scale boundaries beaten until now: this is how Acne Nagoya surprises, in terms of finishes, space and contrasts.

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Arquitectura-G, Acne Studios Shop, Nagoya, Japan, 2019. Photo © José Hevia
Arquitectura-G, Acne Studios Shop, Nagoya, Japan, 2019. Photo © José Hevia
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Silver tones dominate the large space of the shop, elevated above the street and stretching along the facade of the building that houses it. The studio’s idea was to ‟work on the contrast between high-tech and low-tech”, in an environment where the building’s installations have been left exposed and rawly finished. To achieve this contrast, the studio defined the different rooms by means of curved stainless steel panels, freely distributed in the plan.

The volumes on which the light grey carpet rises, continuing the floor covering, reminisces Adolf Loos’ famous bedroom dated 1903, for himself and his wife Lina Loos. A play between low-tech and high-tech which is unusual for Acne, a project that seems to have been a fertile ground for experimentation, for the client as well as for the architects.

Acne Studios Shop
Nagoya, Giappone
Acne Studios
Lighting design:
Benoit Lalloz
275 sqm

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