A window into the Korean store / Canter & Gallop Design Ltd
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Text description provided by the architects. Located at the bottom of a Chinese building in one of Hong Kong’s most historic districts revitalized with craft shops as well as trendy cafes, K-Stuff is a bustling Korean lifestyle store offering shoppers a glimpse of Korean culture.
The store is designed to be an open space with an interconnected retail area, take-out station and workshop. Taking inspiration from Hanok – a traditional Korean house, the windows and doors are not only purposely placed to serve as frames for its surroundings, but also to help open up the living space and connect different rooms to bridge the gap between humans and the neighborhood and to bring people together.
Floor-to-ceiling glazing sheltered by a Korean clay tile roof spans the entire storefront where the interior is fully visible. Vast layers of custom matte acrylic light tubes lined with the windows form a backdrop for the latest products on display and outdoor seating. Perforated through the shelves and showcases of the event’s billboards, the light tubes are poetically arranged in rows to recreate a pattern inspired by classic Korean window partitions that light passes through.
A centerpiece created by wrapping the building’s existing elevator shaft with matte acrylic light tubes and an LED barrisol panel at the base illuminates the heart of the store. Below are two large aluminum display cases for displaying new seasonal products. With a large opening in each cabinet and the two mirrors, different areas are strategically framed to give a sense of continuity and activity beyond the products.
Unlike the metallic interiors, wood and straw acoustic panels are applied to the rest of the retail furniture, while a long piece of traditional Korean ramie cloth is draped over the wooden beam-like pendant lights that cross the floor. retail length. , bringing warmth and softness to the space.
The opposite side separated by the central metal cabinets is set in a darker tone where the back wall is clad in charred wood and polished stainless steel. Flexible seating is placed along the wall lit by matte acrylic light tubes to create a lounge atmosphere for meetings and workshops. The dynamic tonal shift from dark to light, cold to warm is the effect of our approach to a contemporary Hanok.