Aiming to reflect the plaza's use as a public space, Snøhetta chose a concrete sink reminiscent of a fountain as the shop's centrepiece.
"The design subtly blurs distinctions between interior and exterior," said the architects. "This implicit extension of the plaza is amplified by a monolithic concrete sink, reminiscent of a fountain around which locals might regularly gather."
They then reinterpreted the communal location as an amphitheatre, using tiered shelving crafted from light-coloured Douglas fir to create a crescent shape around the edge of the room.
Aesop's products are arrayed upon the curving shelves, just as people would be seated on the tiers of an open-air theatre.
Outside, two square-shaped timber benches with planter boxes in the middle allow visitors to sit and observe the hustle and bustle of the location.
Aesop Grabenstraße is the second Snøhetta-designed store in Germany, and the fifth outpost by the firm worldwide.
Other Aesop stores by the New York and Oslo-based architects include a space based on a nutmeg plantation in Singapore and the brand's first outpost in Norway, which features a ceiling of intersecting domes.