Typology

Open Built Fabric

Program

Shop

Location

BE
Brussels

Year

2015

Status

Built

Budget in €

40 000 

Size in sqm

50

Selection Process

Direct commission

Client

NewSeeds sprl

Construction Company

Atelier Groot Eiland

Partner Office

DEV-space

Team

Pierre Escobar, Yannick Vanhaelen, Philippe De Clerck

Photo Credits

Nico Neefs

Almata

: Bioshop en Alcove

The layout of this organic food store in Brussels is a playful reading of the generic shop typology. Departing from the interior walls covered in a grid of storage, the shelves start sculpting the space into an urban landscape, with its crossings, blocks and towers. The need for additional storage surfaces is fit into strategically placed protrusions, generating subdivisions and circulation patterns.

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The limited palette of materials, used in a very graphical way, come to life when this landscape is inhabited by the products on display.

The result is as formal as it is functional. The layout is organized following a panoptic principle from the viewpoint of the sales counter, but generates strong defining shapes that are visible from the street. The interior thus acts as the main attractor to the outside, inviting the passer-by to explore the nooks and corners of the shop without requiring excessive signage on the facade itself.

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