The Montreal, Canada-based architectural firm Aedifica gave this Beverly Hills, Calif. Sunglass Hut flagship store a charismatic appeal, according to the judges. From its walnut-veneered walls with interchangeable logos to the river stones reflecting against translucent resin panels, the interior space offers a sweet indulgence to the shopper, as if walking through a fanciful candy shop full of sunglass frames. Products are displayed either on blue mica walls with backlit panels or atop floating, sandblasted acrylic panels. Jeffrey Gunning, RTKL vice president, found Aedifica's forest concept and three-dimensional design “compelling,” and viewed the merchandise as true “star” of the space.

Project Name: Sunglass Hut International

Location: Beverly Hills, Calif.

Square Footage: 2,762

Architect: Aedifica, Montreal

Client: Luxottica Retail

Credits

Design Consultants: Permasteelisa Interiors

Flooring: Permasteelisa Interiors

Fixtures: Design Fabricators Genesis Fixtures

Ceiling (resin panels): 3-Form

Laminates: Abet Laminati

Lighting: Sea Gull Lighting Erco Lighting LSI Industries Lightolier

Signage: Triangle Sign

General Contractor: James M. Barb Construction

Graphic Design: Luxottica Retail