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Tailor Made



St. Gallen, Switzerland

This project aims to achieve a double identity through architecture’s fundamental ambivalent qualities. Fashion label, Akris, stationed in the Swiss industrial city of St.Gallen calls for an addition to its headquarters. Starting with a typological reference of the industrial shed, the design is rooted within architecture history. Through a series of transformations, old knowledge is translated into something different; a future oriented tradition.

The project proposes a vast hall, defined by large structural beam elements that foster small intimate and large collaborative spaces. Like the column grid of a factory floor, the repetitive beams produce spacial seriality, stitching the building together. Fragile floor slabs lay across the beams drawing strong sectional connections through levels. This blending of program allows for the flexibility that is needed in the ever changing world of fashion.