AntiStatics Architecture collaborated with artist Yue Minjun, to create a one-of-a-kind retail store design in Wuhan, China, that features sculptures on both the exterior and interior.
Located on a shopping street, the facade stands out from the other stores by having a sculptural facade that's accentuated by a large elephant.
The “Peaceful Elephant”, a symbolic figure within Chinese and Asian culture represents “a peaceful world and mature grain in society. At night, a large metal art piece of Yue Minjun's Signature laughing face is lit up on the adjacent wall.
The 1st Floor Interior
Stepping inside, you'll see there's a smooth and fluid cave-like space that appears as though it's been carved out of the interiors, wrapping the visitors in a continuously fluid environment and drawing people through the floor plan.
The detailing of the custom-designed displays embedded within the walls and freestanding throughout the space suggest massive geologic formations emerging from the interior.
The elephant sculpture from the exterior continues through the interior, however, a 9-meter tall sculpture with Yue Minjun's figures travels up from the 1st floor to the 2nd floor.
The smooth stairs take you on a journey between the floors, offering alternative views of the cave-like interior and the sculptures. The lighting throughout the space are almost like gems, while the hidden lighting in the ceiling, the stair handrail, and underneath the stair treads, add a soft glow to the space and highlights the design.