french department store group galeries lafayette has opened a new branch in Istanbul, designed by berlin based plajer & franz studio. the new store is the first to be opened after a new corporate branding had been introduced. therefore a modern and clear design language had to match the department store chain’s distinctive style. newly interpreted design elements, interesting mixtures of materials, special lighting scenarios and color accents create a holistic shopping experience.
highlight of the design concept is a 20 meter wide atrium. situated above, plajer & franz studio designed an extraordinary cupola, made of polished steel prisms, which had been pressed with a pressure of 80 tons. patterned with a new laser-cut technique, the so called “coupole” is an artistic interpretation of the famous cupola at the retailers’ headquarters in paris.
plajer & franz has been developing brand architecture for french luxury department store group galeries lafayette since 2005. after redesigns for galeries lafayette berlin and the overall planning of department store galeries lafayette in jakarta, berlin based plajer & franz studio has yet again designed a new project for the french retailer.