- Algonquin, IL
Dania, a contemporary Scandinavian Designs furniture store, hired Roth + Sheppard Architects to re-brand their image and differentiate them from the typical ‘Big Box’ furniture outlet stores. This 40,000 S.F. retail prototype store is designed to meld the characteristics of Scandinavian Designs (the organic and the man made) by juxtaposing nature and the tectonic in a sequential layering system. A holistic design approach is reinforced by incorporating several sustainable design strategies including green roof, day lighting, radiant cool floor, thermo-siphon induced ventilation and microclimate landscape zones.
The interior is designed to represent interconnected spaces within defined loft like volumes. Each loft is defined by one of nine skylights creating a flexible, day lighted interior that can be easily modified.
The exterior aesthetic is defined by a carefully proportioned massing and material palette to symbolically and physically represent the lost craft of furniture making.