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This is why for Berlin, as a branch of urban culture, fashion labels are very important and the city gathers lots of international fashion brands. One of them is the Swedish fashion label Weekday which has opened its second shop in Berlin. Being a well-known label and having already one shop in the city, Weekday had to find an interesting design for its new shop. So they called for the help of two famous architects, Gonzales and Haase who designed a wonderful modern, yet simple and with a unfinished touch, shop.
It’s monday and we present a new player of the week in our new ccb magazine series “Player of the week” (Part 28): Today: Andrea Andrich. Andrea was born in Italy, he is an architect and specialized in urban planning and participatory design.
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“For the interior, I chose bright colours and wood in order to have bright spaces and a comfortable atmosphere.”, Small suburban house, Rome, © Andrea Andrich.
Andrea Andrich: Studying, studying, studying, working, working, working. Apart from that, I’ve always tried to trust my instincts and follow my curiosity, looking for new challenges, opportunities and, above all, new things to learn. Life is nothing but evolution and if you stop you’ll be lost. In the past couple of years I’ve been involved in many different projects in different sectors and I’m satisfied with my multifaceted background. I live my present knowing that it’s not an arrival point at all. I welcome new adventures, new inspirations and new partners in crime – because Why not?!
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I wish that there will be a strong and forward-thinking political class to govern this evolution in Berlin
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Berlin is one of the most dynamic and modern European cities. Besides of being the capital of Germany, Berlin gathers lots of labels and point of interest for tourists or for anyone who is interested in contemporary culture. You can say it’s in fact one of the urban culture capitals of the world.
Andrea Andrich: I want to reach people. It seems an obvious answer but it’s not. I don’t believe in architecture for its own sake, as a stylistic and narcissistic exercise. I don’t believe in these stunning renders of impossible buildings that you can see in architectural magazines. They are like a porn movie. Real sex in real life is a completely different thing. We should design for people, the final users of our architecture. We should listen and guide them into the understanding and realization of their needs and wishes. In my job I always try to remember that I’m an architect but I’m also a user. I live in a flat, I go to clubs, I drink in bars, I shop in stores, I relax in parks. I live spaces, I observe them, I analyze them, what works good, what’s wrong, what sensations I feel. I always try to pour my everyday experience as a user into my projects. And, at the same time, I listen to the experiences of others. I design for real people and I want to keep on doing that.
Andrea Andrich: This is a tough one. At the moment my dream is to work together with emerging brands/project (especially in the fashion sector) and making architecture a complementary part of their image from the beginning. In general, architecture as a communication strategy is a theme that really interests me. I’d love to develop projects that involve other creative disciplines. I’d also like to repeat the experience of designing a club.And yes, I’m planning to be fluent in German. I’ll make it!
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In January 2012 two new Comme des Garçons shops opened in Berlin. The Japanese fashion label had already one shop in Berlin, but they considered it’s time to open two others. As a matter of fact, the two shops have different targets and commercialize different products.
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Andrea Andrich: I’m Andrea Andrich (my parents lack in creativity), I was born in a very small town in the Dolomites, in Italy’s northeast, almost 18… ehm, 35 years ago. I could have been a shepherd or a ski teacher but no, I’m an architect. I’m specialized in urban planning and participatory design but I’m also an interior design enthusiast. I’ve recently started working as a freelance architect, developing interior design projects such as flat renovations, leisure spaces design and other projects.CCB Magazine: How did you get into architecture and interior design?
Life is nothing but evolution and if you stop you’ll be lost
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The two shops continue the urban tradition of Berlin. They fit the contemporary style of living and they satisfy the needs of a select branch of customers. If you are one of those shopaholics, then you must visit the two Comme des Garçons shops from Berlin.
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Andrea Andrich: I’m in Berlin both for personal and professional reasons. I fell in love with this city few years ago and I finally decided to move here a couple of months ago. I feel good here, like when you wear a dress that fits you perfectly and you feel comfortable and invincible. Berlin is the most relevant creative hub at the moment. It’s overcrowded maybe, everybody striving for existing, looking for a place, but still a perfect place for meeting other creative minds. That’s what I’m looking for and what I expect form this city: meeting/knowing brilliant and adventurous professionals, increasing my network for developing new ideas, creating multidisciplinary projects. It’s going to be tough but I’m optimistic that this is the right place.
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The shop is located at Neue Schönhauser Strasse 17-18, Mitte, Berlin and measures 260-sq-m. The whole project of designing lasted over a year, but the result is fantastic. The designers combined natural materials with high-tech ones. The shop looks like a deposit, but the shelves are disposed in a way that makes you feel comfortable and realize it’s just an illusion made to give to the room a personal design. The materials and the design go very well with the colors used in the new collection. The whole impression is of a urban contemporary space, made to please young rebel customers.
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Andrea Andrich: There are many people complaining about a sort of ongoing Berlin decadence. I don’t know if (and how) things were better fifteen years ago but yes, gentrification processes (and their bad consequences) are present and evident. And people have the right to complain about that. It’s a political task to (well) govern a city and ensure a balance between market aims and people needs. Berlin will evolve, for sure, I don’t know how but I wish that there will be a strong and forward-thinking political class to govern this evolution, remembering that the city belongs first of all to the citizens. Now I’m going to stop because I will start looking like a dangerous extremist communist… But please, at least safeguard all these parks and trees and green spots which are an incomparable treasure!
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The first one, the BLACK SHOP, sells modern stylish and casual clothes from the BLACK line. The collection sells monochromatic clothes which, depending to the color, can give a sober or a joyful look. The waals of the shop are also monochromatic, in black and white, which give the impression of an airy space.
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Cork Screw House, designed by Rundzwei Architekten in Berlin, has a facade and roof clad with waste cork from the wine industry. More
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The second one, the POCKET SHOP, as it name’s suggests, sells different kind of accessories, from wallets to perfumes. The great idea of these two shops is that they are situated next door to another. Actually this way they create a mini- Comme des Garçons-city, in the middle of Berlin, where customers can buy a complete outfit for their needs. The two shops are situated at Linienstrasse 115, 10115 Berlin, which is right in the middle of a residential area located in the Berlin-Mitte district. This way, the shops answer to the locals demanding and it’s sure they’ll always have classy customers.
Andrea Andrich: Architecture is a very strange discipline that involves many other disciplines, both technical and artistic. A project has to comply with structural, legal, aesthetic, financial, social, communicative, ecological issues. The mission of an architect is to manage these different aspects with a flexible point of view, in order to achieve a balanced final result. Easy task? Not at all, of course! And it’s evident, our world is full of bad architecture.
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