Some of the most enjoyable projects are those which involve interesting existing spaces that require a lot of architectural ‘ground work’ in order to make the space even accessible for a customer. The Anthropologie in Knoxville, tn is no exception. Once a bowling alley, this store involved several existing floor levels as well as a diagonal storefront that runs along a major highway. The major design goal in this store was to celebrate the existing barrel vaulted ceiling and capitalize on all the natural light coming in from the east.
The angled concrete and steel supported right volume was treated with a bright green plaster and served as the face for the sign which was custom designed as a ‘track’ from which both the letters and custom screens hung The volume on the left was wrapped with reclaimed cedar wood which also contained the main display window and small opening and view into the main sales floor.
the MAIN SALES FLOOR WAS SITUATED UNDERNEATH THE BARREL vaulted steel and wood supported ceiling. The lighting and HVAC in this space was DESIGNED in order to not take away from the existing structure as much as possible. The main sales floor is poured and stained concrete in order to balance out the wood ceiling and warmer materials on the wall. Paritial height walls were used to break up the large sales floor and were supported both from the floor and posted up to the main ceiling structure. The photos at the top right illustrates a small step and platform detail which allowed for product to be displayed just outside the fitting room at a frosted window which provided light and privacy in one of the more ‘intimate’ moments of the store.