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A simple construction system of 2x6s wood slats make up the floor, wall and roof of the structure, topped with a layer of translucent polycarbonate sheet to bring skylight into the space and provide rain protection. Curtains can be drawn on the interior to offer extra weather protection. The entire store is composed of 11 prefabricated modules that could be easily transported and fork-lifted into place.
The shopping experience is a horizontal procession down the store. Diffused light enters the space through the gaps between the wood slats as one proceeds down the aisle to browse the products displayed along the wall. The narrowness of the store focuses the shopper’s attention on the tactility of the materials, both of the space and the products, which when complimentary to each other can elevate both the shopping and the architectural experience.
The width of the store could be extended during weekends or whenever no cars are occupying the adjacent parking spot. The walls near the entrance can rotate down for events such as movies, live bands, shows, or just a simple extension of the retail space. The operable stage adds a temporal program to an otherwise purely commercial space, which not only attracts more traffic through the store, but more importantly enriches the urban condition and street activities in our cities.
The interior space is tempered, naturally ventilated, and filled with daylight. Operation in the summer and fall should require only minimal electrical load. Assisted by a stationary electricity-generating bicycle, the pop-up store aims to be net-zero in power consumption.