Món Petit by Miquel Merce Architect
and MSB Workshop

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Mon Petit by Miquel Merce Architect and MSB Workshop

Toys are displayed between steel fins at this second-hand shop in Andorra by Miquel Merce Architect and MSB Workshop.

Mon Petit by Miquel Merce Architect and MSB Workshop

Called Món Petit, the space is also used as a meeting place and to host workshops.

Mon Petit by Miquel Merce Architect and MSB Workshop

Items for sale are displayed between the vertical recycled-steel plates.

Mon Petit by Miquel Merce Architect and MSB Workshop

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The following information is from the architects:


A store more than just a store. A singular shop, not only for its premiere in Andorra as a sustainable space of pre-owned baby items, but also for its expressive and sincere architecture.

Mon Petit by Miquel Merce Architect and MSB Workshop

This shop come into being in a specific period: crisis, ecology, sustainability... a set of factors that makes us react and change. Retrieve, save, consider, are verbs that we have to go along with in this new phase, and demonstrate that they are not only a philosophy of a minority, but they should be the philosophy of everyone and everything.

Mon Petit by Miquel Merce Architect and MSB Workshop

More than a store: here the customer brings the product, making it complicit in this new concept, where fashion and marketing becomes necessity and reality. Opening up endless possibilities, in terms of volume and sizes, of products on display. First difficulty: flexibility, it should be possible to expose both small and large items, in varying amounts without having to turn constantly the space.

Mon Petit by Miquel Merce Architect and MSB Workshop

Any product intended to children has striking colours, shapes, motifs... that concentrated in such stores are intensified up disconcerting. In many cases, this visual intensity plays against the order and serenity of the space, the content can "beat" the container. Second complexity: the space must control children’s products usually striking.

Mon Petit by Miquel Merce Architect and MSB Workshop

We respond to this problematic creating a single item, which transmit this philosophy of sustainability, and natural recovery. It doesn't want to be furniture, but to be immaterial, sculptural and essential. We create an element that, like everything else in this space, can be reused, giving him a second chance, without adornment or gimmicks, without irreversible manipulations ... It is not decoration or vogue; it is sincerity, philosophy... Architecture.

Mon Petit by Miquel Merce Architect and MSB Workshop

Those elements are recycled black steel plate, chosen especially for this space for its elegant and evocative dark texture. Pushed to the limit of their strength, those plans give the sensation of "floating" lightly in space, helping to create a special and unique atmosphere.

Mon Petit by Miquel Merce Architect and MSB Workshop

Thanks to its constructive and material sincerity, it enhances the value of the products exhibited. With its repetition, it gives rhythm and vibration to space. Opaque and heavy laterally, invisible and clear front side, the steel elements metamorphoses dramatically forcing the viewer to move, to change perspective, interacting with it. It is a geometric reality: to see all the products, the customer is forced to enter and go at the back of the store, participating and living this sculptural architecture.

Mon Petit by Miquel Merce Architect and MSB Workshop

Mixed with this trading area, there is a space for kids and parents, where meetings, conferences, workshops are possible to emphasize even more this idea of interaction with space, mixture client/seller, and new philosophy of sustainable trade.

Mon Petit by Miquel Merce Architect and MSB Workshop

In short, we wanted to create a sculptural space, useful and critic of the times we live in, doing with the minimum, the maximum, giving a new sustainable dimension to the "less is more" of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. A space formed by a repetition of reusable elements with sculptural rhythm, that beyond a commercial or environmentalist discourse wants to bring it spectator into a architectural world where elegance and sustainability works; Where necessity and art mingle; where things can have other uses, and still make us vibrate for its naturalness. It is not interior design or decoration, is a change in our society, our way of thinking and seeing things,a change in our time, in short, Architecture.

Miquel Merce Architect + MSB workshop office Andorra, October 2010.

Name: Món petit
Location: Av. de les Escoles no5 Escaldes-Engordany ANDORRA
Program: Commercial and meetings space
Surface: 60m2
Architectural project: Miquel Merce Architect + MSB Workshop office d’arquitectura i disseny
Fotography: Miquel Merce Architect
Graphic design: BAG Disseny Constructor: Lizarte Blacksmith: Cortals


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  • theshopwindow

    Love the store. Love the concept. Love the light. Love the contrast of the product and the monochromatic of the store. Perfect for workshops and meeting place. But isn't to elegant for kids stuff?

    • INawe

      Its ok. there are pictures of kids playing. ;)

  • arquiteto

    KIDS????

  • DUMB

    Elegant. But not suitable for toy display at all unless the toys are for adult.

  • felix

    I agree that kids’ toys are very colourful and can overpower a space, but from the outside the shop looks empty. It strikes me as bizarre that they did not continue the display onto the back of the store so that it can be seen at a distance and lure people in.

    I think the toys themselves are not displayed sympathetically either; everything is shoved into a gap between two plates. The architecture has overpowered the product, which is worrying in a shop where the two should work together.

    It seems a very shortsighted project, but the quality of materials and construction is beautiful.

    • jen

      I think you are right, but you can also take it as a selling tool, people would be tempted to go inside due to the attractiveness of the interior, or be intrigued with what they have in there to offer, perhaps the store already has a name that is recognized.

    • nicholas

      This is incredible and beautiful , but it goes against all retail principles , although great architecture it still needs to perform as a retail space , so is it really form follows function then ?

  • jen

    I love the concept, and the approach when it comes to architecture or interior design, its pretty creative, not to mention sustainable, but, I believe that it really does not suit the market, the kids are not able to really appreciate the product, they are unable to reach, or see. Thinking in favour of the store, kids will always see something they like, and parents will most of the times buy extra if their child wants something, this wouldn't really work its too formal to attract children;'s attention.

    props on the design though.

  • truthnbeauty

    Elegant, brilliant, meaningful, fresh. A wonderful and purposeful approach for creative marketing, but perhaps not the most appropriate application for childrens' toys. I find the street perspective 'emptiness' of the space to be most enticing and it lures me immediately inside and to the back. Love the depth of thought!!

  • iuiu

    aren't those steel fins dangerous for children? it looks good, but the space is not too friendly with a child that climbs a pouffe to look at the toys…

  • Coffee

    Not suitable for a shop. The products are displayed rather poorly and are only visible from a certain angle. Looks like a small art gallery not a shop.

  • jack

    I have a 2 and a half year old daughter, she would probably be too scared to want to go into the dark, foreboding emptiness. If she did, she would get frustrated that she couldn't reach the toys or see them properly. Putting a couple of coloured mats and pouffes in to say it's for kids looks like an after thought.
    It would be great however for a high end 'adult' shop, the items wouldn't be visible from the street. The dark 'tunnel' would work too (sorry couldn't help it!).

  • http://www.tomorrowisyesterdays.com ชุดเดรส

    It's too dark for children i thought.
    But parent may interest in it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mbanteka Marina-assimina Banteka

    i love it…
    I don't thing that shops referring to children must be full of colors and Disney figures…The items are colorful enough to attract their interest.
    I also like the fact that it seems more like a gallery than a playground!
    Simply genius!