A Washington DC il primo prototipo di negozio AKRIS è firmato da David Chipperfield Architects

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David Chipperfield Architects signs the first Akris prototype store in Washington Dc

Following a collaboration that began in 2018 between DCA Milan and the Kriemler brothers for the development of a new Store Concept, the first AKRIS prototype store has opened in Washington DC.

David Chipperfield Architects signs the first Akris prototype store in Washington Dc

AKRIS is an international fashion house founded in Saint Gallen, Switzerland in 1922, its name an acronym of Alice Kriemler– Schoch, the company’s founder. Ownership has since passed down the family and is now in the hands of the founder’s grandchildren, Albert and Peter Kriemler.

DCA Milan’s design intent for the project was to enhance the materiality and fine craftsmanship of AKRIS collections through a solid, three-dimensional architecture associated with a light display system, defining a space where carefully chosen materials take centre stage.

All the display elements are intentionally reduced to the minimum and are formed by a series of taut cables that support shelves and hangers with the aim of displaying the products as if they were magically suspended within an architectural box of limestone and wood. The design references Bruno Munari’s tensile spatial structures, whose fundamental nature lies in the contrast between two opposing forces: tension and compression.

Inside the store, pre-shaped wood panelling of white-painted maple clads the walls, hosting the display system and showcasing the collections against a neutral backdrop, all set alongside the flooring in grey limestone.

Suspended from the ceiling, stainless steel mesh partitions act as filters, subdividing the boutique and enhancing the sense of depth without obstructing the view. Together with the counters in natural anodized aluminium, these partitions interrupt the flow within the boutique, creating a fluidity of movement and a sense of transparency.

In the fitting rooms, ivory-coloured horsehair fabric – AKRIS’s signature material – and cool grey melange felt have been chosen for the walls and ceiling, while an ivory-coloured wool carpet covers the floor.

David Chipperfield Architects signs the first Akris prototype store in Washington Dc

The second Prototype Store has recently opened in Tokyo, Japan.

Location Washington DC
Client AKRIS Prêt-à-Porter AG
Area 160 sqm
Design David Chipperfield Architects Milan
Principal David Chipperfield
Photos courtesy Alberto Parise
Text Luca Sirdone

by AN shopfitting magazine no.171 ©