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Snøhetta completed new Aesop Homansbyen store inspired from traditional woodworking technique
Norway Architecture News - Jun 24, 2016 - 11:31 6913 views
Aesop opened its second store in Oslo, Norway by using traditional woodworking technique 'intarsia' elaborated by Norwegian practice Snøhetta. Snøhetta has collaborated with Aesop's ongoing projects and it opened three stores in Düsseldorf, Singapore and Berlin.
Aesop Homansbyen is situated on the ground floor of a functionalist 1940s apartment building, covering the 63-square meter interior draws inspiration from original details and materiality, imagining them anew. A geometric motif from the existing timber detailing of the host building became the starting point for the design direction.
Inspired from the woodworking technique intarsia, this motif inspired meticulously crafted three-dimensional oak panels. These bespoke panels clad the wall and counter giving volume and a sense of authenticity and calm. The wooden panels installed above the product shelves feature a custom designed wall lighting fixtures producing a soft glow and enhancing the faceted panels.
The same oak furnishes the ceiling plane, built-in shelving and a perforated dividing wall that reveals glimpses of light from a concealed stairway which has been restored to its original location, leading to the basement level staff and storage area. The use of oak and brass details on the sink creates a warm and calm atmosphere in the store.
A staircase in the back of the store leads down to the back of house, where employees can relax in a home-like, warm environment.
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