Acne Studios has just unveiled its flagship store refurbishment by Barcelona-based studio Arquitectura-G. The shop is located inside the former Sveriges Kredit Bank building in the city center of Stockholm.
The bank is known for the August 1973 armed robbery in which hostages were taken for six days leading to the term “Stockholm Syndrome”. The syndrome describes a condition in which, during captivity, the hostages develop a psychological bond with their captors.
The project of Arquitectura-G brought to light the building’s original neoclassical architecture and the Ekeberg marble. The studio cancelled the traces of the several interventions that over the years had hidden the original style and, in the new project, they played with the original material palette.
“The project cleans up the space, leaving only the essential features. Although the floors were made of real marble, many elements were faux marble, and the project plays with this duality. All the skin surfaces are monochrome within the shades of the original Ekeberg marble” the studio says.
The 400sqm store is organized in three rooms connected to each other through columns. At the end of the main axis, the studio added a new abstract colonnade made of real marble creating a new backdrop that provides access to the fitting rooms.
Pieces of marble furniture by designer Max Lamb work as podiums while simultaneously creating a new marble floor on top of the original. In contrast with the archeological atmosphere, the lighting designed by Benoit Lalloz is technical and sharp.