Isabel Marant : her new address in Shanghai by Ciguë
Over the last 3 years, Ciguë, a Paris based architecture office, has been collaborating with Isabel Marant to design 6 of the brand’s flagship stores around the world.
After the recent opening of a new store in Bangkok, the architects worked again with Isabel Marant for her new address in Shanghai.
The shop takes place in a recently built shopping mall, the Réel Department Store, that is part of a larger urban project, located in the center of Shanghai, where one of the city’s oldest temple lays, the Jing’an Temple, originally built in 247 AD.
Except for the temple and Chairman Mao former Shanghai residence, any traces of the preexisting neighborhood remains.
The layout of the shop was inspired by ‘nail houses’, a common phenom¬enom in Shanghai and many modern growing cities, where commercial urban projects replace former residential areas, confronting the resistance of their inhabitants.
Surrounded by walls and fences made of handmade plaster tiles and brass louvers, the center of the space is occupied by a small wooden cabin, recalling the former houses erased by the mall’s construction. Designed as a cosy shelter for the store staff it becomes the core of the shop, around wich the collections are displayed.
Ciguë is six architects, working together in partnership since 2003. Ciguë’s common purpose is to produce architecture, interiors, artworks and objects that combine intellectualism with craftsmanship and intuition; head, hand and heart combined.
We consider ourselves makers as much as architects and our hands-on approach is literal. This way of working influences the Ciguë spirit immensely : a conscientious and a long-standing respect for the environments we work in, the people we work with and the materials we manipulate.
Ciguë is Camille Bénard, Hugo Haas,Adrian Hunfalvay, Erwan Leveque, Guillem Renard & Alphonse Sarthout.
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