the fate of small town main street America, the dominance of Walmart, and the beautiful storefronts of Farmville, Virginia
This 14,000 square foot store fit-out is located along a difficult passage within a large, regional shopping mall. With only a very narrow opening available as an interior storefront, the design utilizes various ceiling planes, materials and elements to create an architecture that is visually enticing without sacrificing the flexibility of the floor plan. This project also acted as prototype for Crate and Barrel's new design aesthetic by incorporat ing a series of new materials usages including zinc panels and displays as well as more energy-efficient lighting.
Designed as Senior Associate at Kathryn Quinn Architects Mark Gerwing, Project Architect Photography: Stacey Root and Mark Gerwing
The Shops at Northbridge on Chicago's Miracle Mile section of Michigan Avenue is an enclosed, curving arcade of 50 shops and restaurants connecting the Nordstrom's to Michigan Avenue. Soaring above the shifted streetscape of Grand Avenue, the curving retail center skirts around the existing historic McGraw Hill building.
The retail center consists of a set of parallel, curving walkways that span from Michigan Avenue to the Nordstrom's building one block west. Spanning over Grand Avenue, the project was designed as a bridge-like structure on one side and a solid, volumetric mass on the other side.
The project was initially designed by Mark Gerwing at Anthony Belluschi Architects from a series of schematic sketches and detailed plans for conserving the McGraw Hill building. The McGraw Hill building was largely dismantled and its historic carved limestone panels reinstalled on a new structural framework.
Architects: Anthony Belluschi Architects
Project Designer (Schematic Design): Mark Gerwing