IKEA Store Milan, Italy

The Ikea store and related facilities are the result of a direct approach and dia-logue with the corporation officials. Rather than simply accomplishing the basic requirements we were given, the store extends its function to becoming a place for social gathering, almost a destination in and out of itself. The radical design of the facade, which features a more integrated design of opaque and transparent panels allows visitors to enjoy the natural daylight and its playful composition of shadows it creates inside the atrium. The exterior plaza acts as a fulcrum that is often used for seasonal displays, shows as well as a play space for children. All aspects of the building were custom designed using basic Ikea standards yet adding a degree of uniqueness to them.