The Galleria Department Store project had two main goals. The first was a new facade that projects a lively, ever changing surface and the second was the renovation of the interior into a luxurious integrated design. Inspired by the catwalk the customer finds himself immersed in the world of fashion while moving through the generous corridors.
The interior design focuses on the elimination of superfluous details and introduces two new integrated Big Details; the escalator which becomes a moving event space, and the ceiling lighting which becomes a device providing a fluent directionality and dynamics to the shop floors. For the main circulation corridors (catwalks) the lighting is integrated within the dropped ceiling. The illumination of the corridor is designed as a continuous lighting element in the form of linear rails which follow the directions of the pathways below.
Galleria Department Store Interior
UNStudio (Architect Schematic Design and Design Development phase) Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos with Astrid Piber, Ger Gijzen, Cristina Bolis, Markus Hudert, Colette Parras, Arjan van der Bliek, Christian Veddeler, Albert Gnodde, Richard Crofts, Barry Munster, Mafalda Bothelo, Elke Uitz, Harm Wassink
Advisors Structural engineers: Arup & Partners, Arjan Habraken (Schematic Design) Lighting Design: Arup Lighting, Rogier van der Heide IALD , Simone Collon Wayfinding Design: Bureau Mijksenaar, Martijn Geerdes (Design Development)