Winner: Warehouse, Argyll Street
by Checkland Kindleysides with Alasdhair Willis
Sponsored by FX Talks 2018
Warehouse, Argyll Street by Checkland Kindleysides with Alasdhair Willis
In a project led by a new design team that includes design director Emma Cook and brand consultant Alasdhair Willis, a refreshed aesthetic signals a change in direction for the 40-year-old high street chain Warehouse.
The store is designed to feel like a continuation of the street, as though you are walking between buildings that open up to the bright sky. A blend of physical and digital touchpoints bring to life this unique concept, showcased on narrow lightboxes that light up the ceiling. A flock of digital birds move around from the front to the back of the store, encouraging the customer to follow them and transition around the space.
Roller shutters and polycarbonate sheets line the walls of the store and enchance the metropolitan vibe, while bright accent colours, including yellow street markings, reinforce the sensation of walking between high-rise buildings in the city.
Between the two floors a digital wall creates an immersive atmosphere – showcasing content ranging from social media, runway footage and brand campaigns. Forming a main focal point, the wall elevates the retail experience; blending it with the online world to drive a deeper connection with the brand.
The judges said:
‘Subtle and highly effective design to deliver the experience of city dwelling, aiming at a new ‘city woman’ market. Great use of digital along with inert solid materials. A great classic retail design benchmark that shows why physical fashion retail stores, when done right, can still be streets ahead of online shopping’
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