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Zen-Like Shopping Malls

Burdifilek Builds a Sculptural Department Store Interior in Seoul

— May 19, 2022 — Art & Design
A zen-like shopping mall fits well into the context of today's day and age as individuals are certainly prioritizing experiences alongside their consumer needs.

Canadian design studio Burdifilek has successfully taken a stab at the concept of a zen-like shopping mall by completing the Hyundai Seoul department store in Seoul—the retail space opened last year. The Toronto-based practice emphasized sculptural forms in this project. It also amplified the influx of natural light with a lightwell in the central atrium. Burdifilek incorporated sporadic vegetation in the interior of the zen-like shopping mall. The trees and the plants are playfully framed by the soft sculptural forms in white.

All of the retail stores in the Hyundai Seoul department store are organized around the atrium.

Image Credit: Yongjoon Choi
Trend Themes
1. Sculptural Retail Spaces - Designing retail spaces with sculptural forms and natural light can create a unique and calming shopping experience.
2. Indoor Greenery - Incorporating indoor vegetation in retail spaces is gaining popularity as consumers seek more natural and eco-friendly environments for their shopping experience.
3. Central Atrium Focus - Organizing retail stores around a central atrium can provide a cohesive flow and visual focal point for shoppers in large shopping malls.
Industry Implications
1. Retail Interior Design - The design industry can disrupt the traditional concept of shopping mall layouts by incorporating sculptural forms, natural light, and indoor greenery into retail spaces.
2. Eco-friendly Shopping - Retail industry can create eco-friendly and sustainable shopping experiences by incorporating indoor greenery into their retail spaces.
3. Real Estate Development - Real estate developers can incorporate central atriums into their blueprints to create a cohesive and visually striking environment for future retail spaces.
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