Beijing Flagship Store | Beijing, China by Maison Martin Margiela
If Beijing’s bustling Sanlitun Road shopping district does not completely convey the notion of China’s raising consumerism culture. Then the new opened Maison Martin Margiela flagship store just might. Situated within the Sanlitun Road district as well, the multi-floor boutique the label largest thus far, with the complete range from its apparel, accessories, and home design collections. In true Margiela style, the store’s airy interior mimics the sterile nature of a laboratory, though there are subtle “fun” aspects dotted within its design, such as the aluminum slide that brings you from second to first floor in a jiffy.
Maison Martin Margiela Beijing
N2-18/N2-28, Village North | Map
No.11 Sanlitun Road
Chaoyang District, Beijing
Photography: Jonathan Leijonhufvud
Casa Tóló in Lugar das Carvalhinhas, Portugal by Alvaro Leite Siza Vieira
For reasons of functionality and integration, it was opted to organize the main entrance based on the street where car transit was possible. This road leads to the northern higher part of the lot. Nevertheless, it is possible to access the house from a more rustic footpath from the south. Its fragmentation, necessary due to the steep topography, transforms the whole into a composition of small linked and interconnected volumes, creating an unevenness that allows for a more secure and rational use of the lot. In this way the house’s various functions are clarified with each elevation corresponding to a single compartment. The roof functions simultaneously as pavement support for the gardens: similar to the traditional threshing floors and patios in the northern regions of the country with hilly terrain.
Photography: Fernando Guerra