Retail Refresh

This project is a study from June 2014. A developer asked us to re-imagine the facade of a small commercial retail strip center in Gardena, California. Upon learning of the long history of Japanese Americans in the area, the design took inspiration from pleated samurai garments. The large screen of vermilion colored cement board planks gives the building a bold and distinctive appearance, while slate grey paint on the base unifies and grounds the building. The two fictitious tenants are Kaizen Coaching, a training academy for mid-career development of personal and teamwork skills and O-Kazu, a fast casual vegetarian restaurant focused on fresh vegetables and perfect rice. Unfortunately, this project did not proceed any further.

Click on the image below to activate the 3D model. Use the arrows in the lower right hand corner to expand the view to full screen. The left mouse button allows you to orbit around the model and the scroll wheel controls zooming in and out.

 eXISTING CONDITIONS IN JUNE 2014

eXISTING CONDITIONS IN JUNE 2014

Maison Orion is not licensed to practice architecture in California. Had this project moved forward past the concept stage, it would have been further developed in collaboration with an architect licensed in the state of California acting as the "Architect of Record".