Central Park retail is photogenic..

17 Nov

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Wow, I mean very nice, obviously. The Germans in the office swan around speaking of “European architecture”- obviously, the towers at Central Park are just boxes covered with gimicks, but wonderfully done. Quite an oasis from an otherwise chaotic part of the city. Above we see the main residentail tower (Jean Nouvel?) with its fantastic hanging gardens. At the base of this is the retail component that opened very recently.

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A closer view of the shopfronts. Huge shopfronts (around five meters or fifteen feet) with a token awning above.

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Mirrored ceiling at the entry area.

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Once I got in I was pleased by the simplicity of the deign. The plain white uncomplicated ceilings and returns and the dark stone floors (becoming the norm in fashion retail..).

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The ceiling has a vast skylight with about a foot of water held on top- the small waves make the light shimmer.
The interior was done by PTW, with the original concept done by the Buchan Group.

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There is a rather alluring mysterious ivy surrounded escalator heading down into the depths, but my impulse was to climb.

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A lot of the fashion retail has some pared-back, sophisticated design. I love the exposed services here.

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Simple candy stripes.

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The food court is up a couple of levels. It’s still quiet and being fitted out, but I expect that this will become a very popular space.

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Arty….

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Out the back, the bottom supermarket level connects through to a wonderful outdoor courtyard. This is also surrounded by food offerings and is filled with hip brazilian music. Again, I expect that this will become a great space.

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And finally we look up to be reminded just how freaking hip this building is.

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One Response to “Central Park retail is photogenic..”

  1. alan spackman April 21, 2014 at 1:59 am #

    This is great building and Daiso from Japan is one of its tenets in the retail area- what a fab pop shop- beautiful Japanese ceramics bought last here. Everything in the shop is $2.80. Nuts.
    The residential tower reminds me of Borobudur or Machu Picchu with its patina of verdure. Stunning Jean!

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