We proposed a re-conceptualization of the traditional hair salon- an innovative space that would intrigue clients. This was translated into a physical space by the introduction of a smooth wrapper: a smart wall system integrating innovative lighting, heating and cooling systems, sound systems, and storage--all resulting in a spatial modulation and inflection of the wall’s surfaces. This smooth wrapper re-configures the space into a sculpted void, a new space targeted for a new, younger clientele.
The smooth wrapper starts at the facade in folded surfaces of bluestone with delicately mitered edges. This durable stone surface wraps around large planes of glass with Aida’s logo sandblasted on its surface. One of the glass planes, a frameless glass door, fluidly guides the clients inside. The façade operates as an urban interface, collapsing the public and private spaces, Henry Urbach of Interior Design describes the facade as an "intermediary layer between city and interior--a transparent and volumetric interface rather than a divisive planar cut" (February 2001).
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