Architecture defines our world. Throughout human history, architects have been at the forefront of shaping societies by shaping the environment that they live in. As technology has allowed more exotic forms of manufacturing to be utilized, we are now able to accomplish what was previously unthinkable.
Architects design all the buildings that we see around us. Now that we have such great construction capabilities, the buildings around us, whether they are for businesses, private individuals, or public service, can be tailored to their function in more precise ways than ever before.
Consequently, we are increasingly able to shop in spaces that have been carefully and expertly crafted to enhance the experience as much as possible. In this article, we take a look at four of the best designed stores in the world.
Livraria Cultura, Sao Paulo
The Livraria Cultura is every book lovers’ ultimate fantasy. The interior is an absolutely gorgeous fusion of soft wooden floors, modern plastic furniture, and a minimalist approach to the arrangement of the books.
What really sets this place apart, however, is the way that much of the available space has been given over to forming an atrium where shoppers can sit, relax, read, or chat. There is a real feeling of community in every aspect of the design here. It is a testament to the architect that it so effectively marries style and substance.
Eataly, New York
This New York eatery is the very definition of elegance. As a company, Eataly have a reputation for the striking design features of their restaurants and the New York branch illustrates why. In a city like New York, there is no shortage of places to eat and every restaurant wants to find a way to distinguish themselves from the pack; few places do its as skilfully as Eataly.
Decorative elements such as potted plants are displayed on three-dimensional grid like structures, which allow the restaurant to maintain its open feel, even with numerous objects on display.
Louis Vuitton, Soho
Designed by the renowned luxury architect Peter Marino, the Louis Vuitton flagship store in Soho is stunning from the outside. Inside, however, it is absolutely breath-taking. The design incorporates a variety of different styles and influences and there is a delicate mix of both old and new approaches.
While embracing a very contemporary feel, the interior also proudly displays some more eclectic tendencies. It is an absolute joy to browse through the collection in a space that feels so luxurious and open.
In a city full of iconic sights, the flagship Loblaws’ in Toronto stands out even among these. The huge open market offers fresh fruit, vegetables, and meats. Every ingredient you could ever want can be found somewhere amongst the rows of produce.
The design of the store demonstrates an advanced understanding of the necessity of function. The design is stylish and appealing yet simple and uncluttered, allowing the crowds to flow through efficiently.
The above four stores are among the most beautiful and unique in the world. Each one demonstrates how effectively form and function can be merged.