Have you ever been out for a day on the town, not really looking to shop. You suddenly pass a beautifully artistic window display and are immediately intrigued to enter. Here are the top five intricately architectured retail shops in the world.
Number 5-Dolce’ & Gabbana, Milan, Italy
Doubling as the headquarters and the retail store, Dolce’ & Gabbana Milan has five levels above ground and two basement levels. The building is made of Namibia stone, glass and unfinished steel sheet.
Number 4-Armani, Tokyo, Japan
Placed in one of the fashion capitols of the world, the Armani Ginza Tower is a multibrand store including brands such as, Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Armani/Ristorante and Armani/Prive’. The architecture of this building ties in very well with Armani’s look of simplicity but intricate detail. This is a must see when on vacation in Tokyo.
Number 3-PUMA City, Traveling Unit
Personally, I am not a fan of PUMA but the detail and individuality put in to form this shore to shore retail store is beyond amazing. Currently in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009, PUMA City travels throughout Alicante, Boston and Stockholm. Wouldn’t it be fun to work for such a store?? I know I’d have a ball.
Number 2-Wish Atl, Atlanta, Georgia
Located in Little Five Points (L5P), Wish rests in the center of one of Atlanta’s most vibrant and edgy districts. As an urban store selling a variety of brands from Triple 5 Soul to Stussy, Wish is best known for it’s shoe department, with a set up so abstract it was placed as my number two fave. It gives off the feel of someones study or library because it is fully stocked with coverless books. Check it out for yourself.
Finally. Number 1- H&M, Barcelona, Spain
H&M has always been a very well put together store but it’s shop in Barcelona, Spain takes the cake. From beautiful ceilings to well lit walk ways, this store would make you want to move in. Designed by Domènech Estapà, the original architecture of the building was inspired by a neo-classical style. Newly renovated by Estudio Mariscal, there is a very futuristic yet modern feel about the place. It truely distracts you from your shopping experience and yet keeps you fully intrigued. This is definitely a must-see.