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SKP Xi'an
Photography by Kristen Pelou

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Luxury Street, bespoke chandelier detail
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The re-design and refurbishment of SKP in Beijing created a new brand for one of Asia’s largest luxury department stores, which competes both in Asia and globally. The store in Xi’an extends the SKP experience to China’s fast-developing heartland.

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West Entrance, SKP Xi'an
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Xi’an was the original capital of China and is one of the few remaining cities with the original fortifications. It’s also the home of the terracotta army. In second-tier cities like Xi’an, fashion-hungry consumers currently have to go to Beijing or Shanghai to shop for whatever they see on the front cover of Vogue China.

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SKP Select
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Womens' Shoe Hall, SKP Xi'an
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Beauty Hall, SKP Xi'an
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Entrance Hall / Event Space with Opening Roof, SKP Xi'an
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Our client wanted to bring the luxury product to the consumer and, as with SKP in Beijing, this department store has attracted renowned global brands. It’s nearly double the size of Beijing, 250,000 sqm and 20 floors, so it’s a monumental retail effort.

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Staircase linking the Northwest Terrace and an event space
Photography by Kristen Pelou

The challenge was inheriting the frame of this building, originally conceived as a conference centre, and creating shopping destinations on every floor to drive consumers up and attract them to shop vertically.

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Boutique Cinema, SKP Xi'an
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Beijing Kitchen Restaurant, SKP Xi'an
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Mezzanine, SKP lifestyle store, Rendez-Vous
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If you can think of it, this building has got it – cinemas, ice skating, tenpin bowling, wedding world, a huge book store, down to the guy that polishes your shoes. The range of brands is vast. The first two floors opened spring 2018 and by the end of this year the rest of the building will be complete.

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Design detail at Cinema lift lobby, SKP Xi'an
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One of the Costa Coffee luxury cafes, SKP Xi'an
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Design Details and Way Finding at Luxury Street, SKP Xi'an
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