Queen Shoes by Studio Guilherme Torres

In Londrina, Brazil, Studio Guilherme Torres designed a pure white shoe store interior for Queen Shoes. It’s not the first projects Queen Shoes assigned to this architecture / design studio. Enjoy the gallery!

Description by Studio Guilherme Torres

Pure white. White paint is the new kind of colour closely linked with the futuristic world. This is a completely personalized project jumping back to the architect’s youth references, from the Star Wars imperial soldiers wearing unblemished white, from Superman’s Fortress of Solitude – a crystal castle in the heart of the North Pole – to the masterpiece of 2001: A Space Odyssey, an iconic reference. These references were intentionally mixed up to create the concept of this shoe shop in Londrina, Brazil.

The shop’s outer-space expressiveness results from a geometric movement which stems from eighteen 42 cm wide white segments which compose the walls and ceiling. The shop facade is the first segment and it introduces itself as a solid structure sculpted in order to create the entrances. The following segments obey the same movement pattern, each one of them sculpted to build the shop interior.

The cashier’s counter follows the segment patterns and comes to life as a detached sculpture right in the centre of the shop. Behind the counter, a panel hides a staircase which leads to a small storage room and a mezzanine. The uneven batten floor warms the visual of the shop atmosphere highlighting the geometry of the segments. The ceiling is about 2,40 m to 3 m high inside the shop due to the segments visual aspect in the ceiling.

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- by Matt Watts