Skunkfunk Flaghip Store, Plaza Nueva 2, Bilbao.
Project: Matteo Colombo Architect
Built by: Transforma, Juanjo Gomariz
Photographs: Mariluz Vidal, Matteo Colombo
The store, first of a series for the Basque company Skunkfunk, is located in central Plaza Nueva, an arched square in the old part of Bilbao.
It is concieved as the abstraction through geometry of two natural environment, the forest, on the ground floor and an underground landscape for the basement.
Green and white, colours of the label, are used to define two different levels, linked through the color white and two vertical connection: a double height mirror wall and a glass staircase sided by a greenwall with live plants, that bring the visitors to the lower level. The space, heavily populated by stone pilars,has been trasformed into a clean, brighter space through the use of neutral colours, in a geometrical game reminiscent of geological levels.
At the very end of it, a "special room", visibile from the round level through the mirrors, with irregular, geometrical walls and ceiling, hosts product the label migth want to higlight, and an projected animation produced especially for the store.
The furniture has two concept merging into eachother: light bidimensional forms, inspired by natural shapes are drawn with white tubes, in opposition to heavy and solid pieces in a natural material such as wood, cut into geometrical irregular shapes.
A second store, developed with te same concept, has opened recently on New York’s Orchard St.