lululemon is stretching out in the Gold Coast, where the yoga-wear brand plans to expand its store into a flagship.
The Canadian retailer plans to nearly double the size of its store at Rush and Walton streets by expanding into an adjacent building, according to the owner of the buildings, Acadia Realty Trust.
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Design Award Winners
lululemon athletica Storefront
Mall of America, Bloomington, MN United States
Architect B K A Architects, Inc., Brockton, MA
Artwork/Stone/Tile Mercury Mosaics, Minneapolis, MN
Casework Consulting 4G Development & Consulting Inc., San Diego, CA
Design/Retailer lululemon, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Fixtures/Millwork/Wall Panel/Molding Great Lakes Woodworking Co., Detroit, MI
General Contracting Prairie Contractors, Inc., Frankfort, IL
The scale, dimensionality, and unique material usage make this design element stand out in the busy mall. Mosaic tile in undulating surfaces shaped as leaves creates a lasting first impression for guests’ experience of the store. One leaf canopies the entrance. The pattern blends seamlessly with windows offering glimpses inside. Vacuum formed, machined, and hand-worked, the leaf shapes feature vertical-grain fir that that has been wire brushed and white washed. Also used were modeling foam, bending luan, fir plywood, and plastic laminate. The tile was produced by local tile artist Mercedes Austin and installed without closing the store.