Shanghai for Galeries Lafayette

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Department store retailer Galeries Lafayette ‘soft’ launched a new store in Shanghai last week. The 23,000 sq m space trades from five floors and is in fact a former shopping center that has been re-purposed with the above ground level terraces having been made verdant with green plants, lending the interior the sense perhaps of an upscale hotel as much as a department store.

The other point about the terraces, as is the case in so many hotels, is that each acts as a viewing platform for the other floors, a design feature that was key to the blueprint created by London-based consultancy HMKM, which was behind the mall conversion. The terraces are also a highly effective way of reducing the sheer scale of the former shopping centre’s atrium void, which could have threatened to overwhelm everything if not handled sensitively.

Each floor boasts its own Galeries Lafayette EDIT section – an area featuring a hand-picked edit of brands that will change continuously. The store’s official opening will take place in the autumn.