The project consisted on remodelling an abandoned store with less than 25m2 of area. An interior warehouse and an existing service toilet would also be part of the intervention. Due to the space’s severe decaying conditions the remaining features rendered a somewhat strange spatial characterization. Only a dark stone pavement much deteriorated, some light-absorbing stone panels and a blackened partition wall were still standing.
The client was a biologic-cosmetics brand which required a showroom for small items to be exhibit and stocking space of considerable dimensions to better suit its selling method.
The task was clear, on a very tight budget the intervention ought to turn that poorly lit space into a pleasant store thus highlighting the brand’s values through a proper showcase of their products.
The obstacles: a particular spatial configuration having the shape of a dried codfish, a small available area with low lighting conditions despite being close to wide openings facing the street and a wall plunged with infrastructural and technical paraphernalia on which the products should be displayed.
First, the storage area was reduced to its bare minimum and installed as a passing-by space in front of the service toilet thus conveying the larger space available for showcasing the products. By means of using only white and light-grey colours and a pair of mirrors the space makes the best use of the light while being visually amplified.
The longer wall was designed with moving and fixed panels that cover or reveal the shelves according to different exhibiting criteria.
This intervention sought to broaden and clear-up the interior space bringing special attention to an old piece of furniture that works as the main desk, the brand’s products and two circles of light carved in the ceiling.