Al-Jawad Pike collaborated with Allsaints to develop a new architectural concept for their stores. The proposals take inspiration from a diverse range of references including Sverre Fehn’s Nordic pavilion in Venice and Richard Serra’s industrial scale steel sculptures. The palette of materials is predominantly monochromatic, using warm tones of grey concrete and textured render for the floors and walls throughout, into which a series of free-standing metal walls and niche linings are inserted.
A ribbed ceiling is formed from galvanised steel fins with an expanded mesh laid on top and lighting fixtures in-between. A gridded array of floor pucks provides structured flexibility to the space, serving as plug-in points for free-standing rails and display shelving elements. The changing rooms, which are warmer and more intimate in scale, are lined in Douglas fir plywood and felt drapes, providing a soft tactile quality for customers.Manchester, UK,
retail Photography by Ståle Eriksen