David Chipperfield designs Valentino's
New York flagship store

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News: the New York flagship store for fashion house Valentino designed by David Chipperfield Architects will open on Fifth Avenue this summer.

Valentino store New York by David Chipperfield

David Chipperfield Architects has designed the 1,850-metre-square store for Valentino at the former Takashimaya Department Store at 693 Fifth Avenue, in a Postmodern building originally designed by architects John Burgee and Philip Johnson.

Valentino store New York by David Chipperfield



"Valentino has identified architecture as the idea for the interior whereby architecture is brought into the store in a process that reduces the superficial decoration by steering away from the use of panelling — an approach that privileges concreteness over shallowness," said Chipperfield in a statement.

Valentino store New York by David Chipperfield

A new eight-storey black steel and aluminium facade will feature thin vertical bars, influenced by Mies van der Rohe's nearby Seagram Building.

Valentino store New York by David Chipperfield
Image by Richard Davies

Brass will be used for the vertical bars on the exterior of the first three floors, as well as a lantern, a clock and the Valentino logo integrated into the facade.

Valentino store New York by David Chipperfield
Image by Richard Davies

Inside, shoppers will enter into a eight-metre-high atrium, clad in grey terrazzo and including a display wall of 39 individual shelves for accessories.

Valentino store New York by David Chipperfield
Image by Richard Davies

A sculptural staircase composed of chunky volumes covered in palladiana tiling will connect the store's three levels.

Valentino store New York by David Chipperfield
Image by Richard Davies

The middle level will showcase women's ready-to-wear in rooms with different architectural characteristics.

Valentino store New York by David Chipperfield

The brand's full menswear line is to be showcased on the upper floor, among marble blocks and free-standing columns. Valentino's store is due to open in August.

Valentino store New York by David Chipperfield
Image by Richard Davies

Chipperfield was recently announced to overhaul the east side of Selfridges department store in London. See more architecture by David Chipperfield »

  • Gavin

    I want to do filthy filthy things to this.

  • http://be.net/bassel Bassel

    Designer’s description of the concept that “reduces the superficial decoration by steering away from the use of panelling — an approach that privileges concreteness over shallowness,” is so hypocritical.

    Wrapping all the interior surfaces with fractured stones is decorative and shallow, and shows a great deal of insecurity regarding the reductionist approach.

    • Gavin

      This is why you shouldn’t read what architects say, just look at it or visit it. The rest is always blah. You’ve let some words put you off what is a beautiful space.

      • http://be.net/bassel Bassel

        Thank you, I’ll quit reading stuff and just check the pretty pictures.

  • bob

    Why don’t you wait with this publication until this project is realised? I think the quality of the renderings is not worth it.

    just because it’s Chipperfield, it doesn’t mean that you have to publish it.

    I think there are more than enough realised projects that are worth publication instead of this.

  • Rudy

    This is a bank, right?

  • Jerome

    Horrible so far.

  • Concerned Citizen

    That rendering style is so popular… in the 70s.