AD ARCHITECTURE recently reimagined a boutique for TROUNGREE, situated in Shantou, China, which sells clothing from designer brands.
The interior design was approached based on the concept of “Deriving”. “Deriving” indicates evolution and developing something new from the matrix. For a brand, continuous deriving helps to lead it to a future of infinite possibilities.
Project name: TRONGYEE Boutique
Design firm: AD ARCHITECTURE (http://www.arch-ad.com/)
Chief designer: Xie Peihe
Design team: AD ARCHITECTURE
Project location: Shantou, Guangdong, China
Area: 90 m2
Main materials: microcement, handmade paint, metal, glass
Start time: October 2019
Completion time: December 2019
Photos: Ouyang Yun
TRONGYEE is a brand established in 1999, dedicated to selling womenswear of multiple brands. It entrusted AD ARCHITECTURE to reshape a store situated in a bustling commercial block in downtown Shantou. The upgraded store was planned to offer garments exclusively from designer brands, through which TRONGYEE hoped to reactivate its brand identity, and bring new vitality to the city’s commercial field.
The boutique store occupies an area of 90 square meters. AD ARCHTECTURE applied the design method of art installations to approach the project, injected artistic quality and modern aesthetics into the design.
The storefront is an important part that needs to be considered carefully, since it directly presents the store’s image. The designers adopted a neat facade and low-intensity lighting through reverse thinking, so as to directly guide the sight line to the indoor space. The ultra-clear glass exposes the interior, which breaks the surrounding noisy ambience of the street.
As for the interior space, the designers utilized a “flat” design idea in line with current trends. The floor, walls and ceiling use the same material, to alleviate the three-dimensional sense of the space. The red staircases functions as a vertical circulation route, which is also a visual highlight. The combination of gorgeous and plain shades generates a dramatic tension, and results in a serene yet fervent spatial atmosphere which is isolated from the surrounding din.
Geometric shapes and curves are interwoven, which enriches the form of the space and creates visual illusions. The space widely utilizes regular square blocks, which are complemented by the vaults on the ceiling and arched door openings. Those arched structures break the calmness of the space, and add a vivid temperament to it. The mezzanine is merely 2.2 meter high, so the design team clad its ceiling in a reflective material featuring ripple-like patterns, which eliminates the oppressive feeling and at the same time blurs the boundary of space.
The overall space is dominated by a gray hue rendered by cement, and highlighted by red. The two hues form strong contrast, and present an impressive brand image.
The project is an exploration of sustainable value for future urban commercial spaces. AD ARCHITECTURE conceived the design solution by taking commercial value as the starting point, and eventually created a design that is derived from the core of the brand TRONGYEE .
Founder & Chief Designer, AD ARCHITECTURE
With great sensitivity and originality, Xie Peihe adheres to create rational simplicity guided by emotional thinking, and to integrate spatial functionality with personality in a natural and subtle manner. He excels at presenting spatial aesthetics through the collision of the simple and the complicated, and strives to let people resonate with space.
In the past few years, Xie Peihe has led the design of a great many exceptional commercial, residential and office projects, which have won multiple world-class design awards and have been published in a wide spectrum of top media platforms worldwide, including ArchDaily, Designboom, Architectural Digest, Interior Design, Yellowtrace, DesiDaily, designwire, POSITION, and gooood, etc. In 2018, he won Perspective’s 40 Under 40 Awards, which recognized him as one of the 40 young design talents who will and are leading the future of design.
Resonating with space is a fantastic experience.
AD ARCHITECTURE (Shenzhen) is committed to carrying out architectural and interior design and researches from unique perspectives, and dedicated to creating distinctive visual art for each project. With international vision, determination to break the boundary and a strategic project management system, the team insists on an explorative attitude to create interaction between human, human and objects during spatial design practices.
AD ARCHITECTURE’s works have been widely recognized across the world, and have won numerous authoritative design awards in recent years, including German Design Award, Red Dot Design Award, Iconic Awards (Best of Best), IIDA Global Excellence Awards, Best of Year Awards, FX International Interior Design Awards, WIN Awards, LEAF Awards, Blueprint Awards, Frame Awards, Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards, etc.