TGY has been conceived not as traditional store, but as a meeting place for fashion lovers, to inspire people to talk about lifestyle, creatives to organise events and photographers to host their photo shoots. It embeds several main functions within the same space: curated shop, flexible event area, temporary exhibition where guest designers can show their new fashion collections, a cafe’, beauty center and flower shop. The space changes throughout time offering its customers an ever-changing experience, slightly different from visit to visit.
Designed by RAMOPRIMO, the project’s brief was “design should surprise, be cozy, be fashion, be classical and be flexible”. To embrace all those needs, the main concept was to create a dynamic fluid space based on the idea of movement, with a layout characterised by the popping-up of many different elements along the path.
Steel curved walls envelop the space like large folded metallic fabric. Metal has been chosen as the main material for the store for its quality to work as a neutral but reacting background. It actively interacts with each new exhibition by reflecting shapes and colours of all clothes and temporary design settings. The floor, made of large rectangular ceramic tiles with satin metallic finishing separated by continuous square glossy steel profiles, is reflecting the widespread lighting net on ceiling adding a diffuse sense of vibrancy.
A rotating room in the entrance can serve as flexible stage for exhibiting young Chinese fashion designers. In the café area, a huge map of Shenyang city on lenticular panels will constantly change colour according to the movements of viewers. An arched promenade is connecting the two main areas – the shop and the café – on the opposite sides of the store, providing a space for runway and inviting customers to reach the event space and the other functional corners.