Uncooked finishes and brutalist interventions characteristic in footwear model Veja’s first devoted store in Madrid, full with an in-house shoe restore workshop and interiors designed by native agency Plantea Estudio.
The retail area is housed in a constructing within the centre of Madrid, which has functioned as a store, a restaurant and a financial institution workplace since its building across the flip of the twentieth century.
By the point Veja took on the area, it had been stripped again to a shell and the crew at Plantea Estudio instantly noticed the potential within the uncooked, tough inside.
“That form of brick construction brings you to the origins of structure, to a temporal language,” the studio mentioned. “It comes from all the time and goes eternally, it can by no means be out of time or vogue.”
“For us, there was no higher choice than to work from there, to go away it uncovered.”
The choice to work with the prevailing structure moderately than introducing pointless new supplies additionally mirrors Veja’s concept of getting in-house restore store, encouraging clients to repair moderately than merely exchange their run-down trainers.
Nevertheless, the shell required rather more energetic intervention from Plantea Estudio than the shop’s unfinished inside suggests.
“We needed to work loads for it to seem like we did not do something,” the studio mentioned. “We introduced the construction to its greatest model.”
Plantea Estudio made the home windows taller and introduced the inner openings again as much as their authentic peak. The interior partitions had been cleaned up, exposing extra of the brick and eradicating numerous additions and coverings that remained from earlier fitouts.
The place the supplies had been low-quality and could not be eliminated, Plantea Estudio spray-coated the partitions in a mixture of plaster and Perlite mortar, “which accentuates the irregularity of the bottom”.
The ground was coated uniformly with cement mortar, making a steady floor all through the inside whereas offering a distinction with the chunky cobblestones laid within the entrance corridor.
The constructing’s purposeful pipes and pinewood helps had been left uncovered whereas the ceilings are clad in roughly textured sound insulation and embedded with graphic rows of strip lighting.
To kind show areas, benches and counters, Plantea Estudio opted for stepped blocks of concrete – a favorite materials of the brutalist motion – forged in situ utilizing moulds comprised of outdated picket boards.
As a transparent distinction to the heavy solidity of those items, the shop’s shelving is fabricated from folded sheets of white-lacquered metal.
“The primary assortment is displayed on these metal cabinets, illuminated by a lightweight that is brighter than the overall gentle within the retailer,” the studio mentioned.
The area is accentuated by large-format mirrors, utilized to the constructing’s brick pillars, the place Plantea Estudio says they work at “multiplying the cross views”.
A big ficus tree marks the doorway whereas furnishings was sourced from classic design retailer Fenix Originals and consists of Sixties armchairs by Catalan designer Joaquim Belsa.
Plantea Estudio, which was based by brothers Luis and Lorenzo Gil in 2008, has accomplished a variety of inside initiatives within the Spanish capital.
Amongst them is the neutral-toned Hermosilla restaurant, in addition to a bar serving wine and small plates, the place a comfortable crimson “cave” room is hidden behind the principle eating area.
The pictures is by Salva López.