A team headed by Johannes Torpe, B&O’s Creative Director, was behind the new store concept which aims to deliver a fresh sensory experience through sound and design. The architectural interpretation of this concept by Arkitec A/S for a store in the Danish town of Herning, is an understated, curved-edge box, reminiscent of B&O’s minimalist products. Although thoroughly modern, the store’s design recognises its sensitive location on the town’s central square - dominated by the church - with restraint and modest scale.
Unique Visual Characteristics
After exploring a range of other high quality façade materials alongside the generous glazing, a consensus was reached on the golden copper alloy for its sustainability and unique visual characteristics, complementing the warm brown brick prevalent around the square and copper details on the church.
Without compromising the clean lines of the building, an additional surface treatment was applied to enrich the copper alloy’s appearance and an apparently random pattern of wavy lines added, generated by varying circular perforations through the material. At night, soft LED backlighting shines through the perforated patterns, dematerialising the building’s form. Programmed to dim randomly, the glowing façades create an intriguing rhythmic animation and focal point to the town square.