Nagoya, Japan – For its first store in the Japanese city of Nagoya, Swedish fashion brand Acne Studios conceived a concept for an atmospheric space that would merge the feeling of high and low tech. To realize the 275-sq-m store, Acne collaborated with Barcelona practice Arquitectura-G, who balanced contrasting tactile elements to achieve the desired visual effect.
The walls and stately columns form a ‘rough shell’ that visually open to Nagoya’s streets. Contained inside the cave-like space are three stainless-steel partitions that serve to organize the retail area – paper-thin, the precise panels and their shelves are contrasted against custom-made wool carpeting that’s rough in appearance but soft in touch. Two podiums emerge from the flooring, able to be used as seating or for display.