In a few months another department store for Galeries Lafayette will open in istanbul. We have been working on the new design concept for months and just came back from the construction site. the new department store for french group Galeries Lafayette will be located at vadistanbul shopping centre.
we are happy to share: Galeries Lafayette has been awarded WINNER at the iconic award: innovative architecture hosted by the german design council.
‘paris meets istanbul’ is the leitmotif of the design concept for Galeries Lafayette in istanbul. it was important to convey the french-parisian design heritage as well as the strength and reputation of the brand while translating it appropriately to this distinct market. in addition, Galeries Lafayette Istanbul is the first department store to implement Galeries Lafayette’s new CI. we had to implement new design elements and for example a new colour range, that has a significant percentage of white along with black, red and gold.
the highlight of the design concept is a large void of 20 meters, connecting all levels of the store. situated above, we designed an extraordinary cupola, made of polished steel prisms. patterned with a new laser-cut technique, the so called “coupole” is an artistic interpretation of the famous cupola at Galeries Lafayette’s headquarter in paris. the pendant lighting installation serves as retail lighting (practical purpose), on the other hand as an artistic installation. the result: an exceptional installation, connecting high tech and beauty.
from VMSD magazine, issue 10/2017:
“It’s not as big as some department stores,” says Alexander Plajer. “And this is a new trend with department stores – making them smaller. Before, size mattered, and now it’s more about quality and service.”
the new department store for french group Galeries Lafayette will be located at vadistanbul shopping centre, in an “ideally situated lush green retail complex addressing to local and international customers” and will complement the first store that has opened in may 2017. we have been developing brand architecture for Galeries Lafayette since 2005. among the projects are redesigns for the berlin branch as well as the overall planning of department stores Galeries Lafayette in jakarta and istanbul.
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from the article: “with high-quality surfaces as well as a sophisticated colour concept, the designers manage to create an exclusive ambience which, depending on the individual section, reflects different atmospheres from sporty-cool to upscale all the way to friendly-playful.”
we are happy to share the first snapshots from galeries lafayette istanbul. exterior design and store concept have been developed by plajer & franz with the idea to bring a touch of french charm to the turkish cultural hotspot.
the coupole is the highlight department store Galeries Lafayette istanbul