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Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

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Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Chinese architecture and interior design firm Liang Architecture Studio has designed a multi-brand boutique that evokes the character of British humanitarian actress Audrey Hepburn, who is known for her impeccable fashion sense, graciousness and beauty.

The boutique, named AUDREY Boutique, was named after the death of Audrey Hepburn in 1993 based on the boutique owner's requirements and brands introduced into the store, the design team explored the attitude that the space was intended to convey. 

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Clothing display area

Based on these references, the architects aimed to explore "retro-futuristic" concept, combining both retro and futurist elements to create a dramatic space where past, present and future merge in the interiors

Located in Shanyin Road, Xiaoshan District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, the 300-square-metre store features soft fabrics, retro wood textures that weaken the coolness and rigidness brought by concrete and metal. 

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Entrance

Soft curves, rounded edges, earth-toned display areas become the main elements that are the basis of functions and layering of space. The interior space presents a continuous flow while customers moving inside.

As the studio explains, this determined a design approach that not merely started from forms or visual effects. Like Audrey Hepburn, the founder of AUDREY has a graceful appearance and a strong will, which shows an attitude. 

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Jewelry display area

The design team hoped to express such an attitude in the store, where consumers can explore the spatial structure defined by softness and hardness.

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Jewelry display area

The classic, eternal and confident attitude expressed by this fashion boutique defines the brand's positioning and target customers. The design team didn't pursue trendy design for this store, but intended to build connection between eternity and balance, and dialogue between past and future.

Stepping into the entrance, customers will arrive at a semi-enclosed symmetric display area. The seating area at the middle is composed of five chairs, which form an enclosure. It shows a sense of ritual and welcomes customers in a low profile.

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Clothing display area

The architects utilized graceful curves and sharp geometric elements to shape the forms of structures and display props in the store, and meanwhile adopted symmetric languages to construct the overall space. 

The meticulous material selection defines the spatial form and layout to some extent. The soft fabrics and retro wood textures weaken the coolness and rigidness brought by concrete and metal. 

The material textures and structural forms help blur the boundaries between different areas, and endow the space with changes and greater value. This is a space that dialogues with the brand, establishes an attitude, gives a voice to the market and pursues eternal beauty.

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Façade

Graceful curves outline plain concrete display structures, which generate a comfortable, artistic and free spatial atmosphere along with the hanging clothes.

The designers reshaped the architectural space through interior structures. With similar or varying forms, those structures are given different functions and attributes. The textures of the space and structures are simple, but expressive.

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Clothing display area

The space has two levels. A grand, bold spiral staircase connects the two floors of the store, and creates a visual highlight with its strong hue and spiral shape. In addition, the soft textile cladding the steps adds a romantic and dynamic ambience to the space.

The second floor functions as a VIP display area. In order to give the consumption experience with a sense of ritual, the designers introduced church-like structures into the space. 

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Clothing display area

This floor continues the central-axis-based composition and symmetric languages of the first floor, and features a sense of ritual and holiness. It's free, yet sedate to some degree.

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Clothing display area

"The freedom of this space is not about visual effects but emotional expressions. Customers will be attracted by its atmosphere and be guided to perceive its attitude," said Liang Architecture Studio. 

"Spatial design is a medium of communication," the studio added.

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Clothing display area

For this project, the design team combined colors, structures and lights to create an ambience that resonates with people, hoping to provide diversified spatial experiences. Simplistic, clear structures and pure textures together express the spatial aesthetics.

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Cashier area

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Clothing display area

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Clothing display area

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Clothing display area

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Clothing display area

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Clothing display area

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Jewelry display area

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Stairway

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Stairway

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Clothing display area

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Clothing display area

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Staircase

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Stairway

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Stairway

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Stairway on 2F

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Corridor on 2F

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Clothing display area

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Reception area on 2F

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Clothing display area

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Studio

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Studio

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Structure diagram

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

First floor plan

Multi-brand boutique reflects Audrey Hepburn's impeccable fashion sense with rounded shelves

Second floor plan

Project facts

Project name: AUDREY Boutique

Location: Shanyin Road, Xiaoshan District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

Category: retail

Area: 300m⊃2;

Completion time: March 2021

Design scope: interior, decoration, architecture

Design firm: Liang Architecture Studio 

Creative director: Xu Liang

Chief designer: Sun Yongfang

Decoration design: Wang Xinyan

Design team: Sun Yongfang, Zhou Zesi, Wang Xinyan, Cheng Pingping, Li Qing, Lu Xin, Xu Liang

Lighting designers: Liang Wei, Yang Ke

Lighting design firm: Yaank

Construction firm: Zhima Decoration Engineering Co., Ltd.

Main materials: NEAYEA micro cement, brushed stainless steel, KD wood veneer

All images © Shao Feng

All drawings © Liang Architecture Studio 

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