Retail

Christian Dior

 
 

Christian Dior

This Christian Dior boutique is strategically located at the epicenter of Chicago’s high fashion shopping district. A fanciful star affixed on the top of the building—a symbol of good luck for Monsieur Dior—distinguishes the boutique as a standout among neighboring luxury retailers.

At street level customers are drawn to the lustrous façade; an ethereal effect of the patterned frit/ceramic glazing, expansive display windows, and articulated lightboxes. Highly stylized, the cannage-patterned frit/ceramic glazing blurs away the joints between glass panels and produces a strong graphic statement. The frit glass is a stunning complement to the exposed steel canopy elements of the original Walton Gardens structure.

On the first floor, millinery, handbags, and accessories are individually showcased on display niches supported by ultra-slender shelves made of brushed stainless steel. Alluring display cases, crafted from custom millwork and crystal-clear glass, highlight timepieces and jewellery collections.

On the second floor, ready-to-wear collections and a shoe salon are beautifully contrasted against the glowing white backdrop of the double-height façade. This level is appointed with plush sofas and a wrought-iron sculpture.

Myefski Architects served as Executive Architect working in collaboration with the Christian Dior Architecture Department.

RECOGNITION

Gold Award 2018, Association of Licensed Architects

 
 
 

Location:

Chicago, IL


MARKET:

Retail


Stats:

Building Size: 6,759 sf


Services:

Architectural Design
Interior Architecture
Sustainable Design

 

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Cos Bar

 
 

Cos Bar


Luxury cosmetics and skin care boutique, Cos Bar, chose an affluent suburb along Chicago’s North Shore to make the brand’s Illinois debut.

Renovations to an existing retail space fit the brand identity and complement the downtown district’s high-end retailers.

The materials, treatments, and fixtures enhance the product offerings while inviting client services areas fit seamlessly into the open floor plan.


 

Location:

Highland Park, IL


Market:

Retail


Stats:

Building Size: 1,140 sf


Services:

Architectural Design
Interior Architecture
Sustainable Design

 

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Campus Colors

 
 

Campus Colors


Design solutions for this mixed-use building, located in the geographic center of this active suburban “main street”, involved extensive renovations to transform a former Borders bookstore into an attractive, multi-tenant building. The highly transparent design solution creates a dynamic, flexible 130’ facade unifying the expansive streetscape.

Originally constructed in the 1920’s as four separate one- and two-story buildings, our designers focused on recapturing that scale by transforming the facade. The composition is organized around the existing divisions between buildings and is emphasized by a center canopy-covered entrance. The entrance is flanked by a punched opening volume and a curtain wall of regular rhythms.

Overall, the composition is grounded by its masonry mass, but creates movement through its snaking two-story stone banding. The simple material palette, textures, and detailing are subdued in order to provide the proper framework to effectively showcase each retailer.


 

Location:

Highland Park, IL


Market:

Retail


Stats:

Building Size: 20,500 sf


Services:

Architectural Design
Interior Architecture
Sustainable Design

 

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