David Chipperfield Architects have designed the 1,850-meter Valentino flagship store, scheduled to open on Fifth Avenue this summer. The Postmodern building, originally designed by John Burgee and Philip Johnson, was previously home to the Takashimaya Department Store.
Chipperfield explains his design by saying, "Valentino has identified architecture as the idea for the interior whereby architecture is brought into the store in a process that reduces the superficial decoration by steering away from the use of panelling — an approach that privileges concreteness over shallowness."
The black steel and aluminum exterior will be decorated with thin vertical bars made of brass, as well as an integrated clock, lantern and Valentino logo. Inside, the interior is made up of an eight-meter tall atrium decked out in grey terrazzo. A palladiana-tiled staircase with a sculptural silhouette joins the store's expansive three levels.
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