One-of-a-Kind Retail Store Design in Wuhan, China

One-of-a-Kind Retail Store Design in Wuhan, China

AntiStatics Architecture collaborated with artist Yue Minjun, to create a one-of-a-kind retail store design in Wuhan, China, that features sculptures on both the exterior and interior. Located on a shopping street, the facade stands out from the other stores by having a sculptural facade that’s accentuated by a large elephant. The “Peaceful Elephant”, a symbolic figure within Chinese and Asian culture represents a peaceful world and mature grain in society. At night, a large metal art piece of Yue Minjun’s Signature laughing face is lit up on the adjacent wall.

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Stepping inside, you’ll see there’s a smooth and fluid cave-like space that appears as though it’s been carved out of the interiors, wrapping the visitors in a continuously fluid environment and drawing people through the floor plan. The detailing of the custom-designed displays embedded within the walls and freestanding throughout the space suggest massive geologic formations emerging from the interior. The elephant sculpture from the exterior continues through the interior, however, a 9-meter tall sculpture with Yue Minjun’s figures travels up from the 1st floor to the 2nd floor.

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The smooth stairs take you on a journey between the floors, offering alternative views of the cave-like interior and the sculptures. The lighting throughout the space are almost like gems, while the hidden lighting in the ceiling, the stair handrail, and underneath the stair treads, add a soft glow to the space and highlights the design.

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The 2nd floor is home to even more displays, however, it’s the large sculpture that becomes the focal point for the space. The artist utilized large-scale wax 3d printing and investment casting, which creates a sparse yet highly structural lattice, inspired simultaneously by cellular biology and the atomic structures.

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