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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
26/09/2018

David Chipperfield, Selfridges Duke Street in London

 
The British David Chipperfield has renovated and enlarged the central London department store Selfridges, giving it a new entrance on the east facade and a large space for the sale of luxury accessories. The extension connects the historic edifice on Oxford Street, built in 1929, with the buildings on Duke Street that the store added later. In contrast with the cream-colored stone of the adjacent constructions, the new entrance facade presents dark tones. Also, an old problem of alignment between floorplates is solved by means of a porch at street level and a triple-height glazed café. The upper part of the facade presents slender bronze-clad loadbearing columns clad that frame five glass panels. Inside, the new volume improves overall navigability by connecting the retail areas of preexisting buildings, creating a continuous ground-level space for the new luxury goods hall.
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