College Street, Wellington, New Zealand
Kowtow was established in 2007 with the desire to create an ethical label that would be the example of a fashion-forward, global thinking business. 11 years on, the label opens its flagship store in their hometown of Wellington.
A reflection of the brand’s ethical credentials, the store fit-out utilises quality hand-crafted, locally sourced, recycled and sustainably harvested materials throughout. Minimalist simplicity and generosity anchor the stores spatial experience, while the layout is defined by the structured and rhythmic floor to ceiling timber slats, racking & shelving systems, allowing transparency and cohesion throughout.
The Eucalyptus timber screens and structures were designed and constructed as prefabricated components, allowing the manufacturing of each to take place with accuracy in the Makers Fabrication factory prior to onsite installation. This supported a rapid on-site project delivery & assembly.
In collaboration with Knight Associates
Best Awards 2018
Spatial: Retail Environments – Gold
NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards 2018
NZ Speciality Timber Award – Finalist
Beautiful Minimalist perfection.
Very true to its ethical beliefs. Sustainable, simple, crafted and executed with perfection.
Judge's Comments — Best Awards 2018
Makers of Architecture are now engaged with building homes of this type across virtually the length and breath of the country. Such interest shows that architecture like this - as sturdy and elegant as it is cost-efficient - is the way of the future.
Catherine Foster, Small House Living, pg 29, 2015