New kid in town

Seibu Department Store, the upscale fashion retailer based in Japan, is making its first foray into the suburban market with this 236,000-sq.-ft. store in Okazaki, Japan, a city of 400,000 located southwest of Tokyo. In the category of New or Renovated Department Stores (Interior), Seattle-based Callison Architecture Inc. was awarded the 2001 SADI for its design work on the project.

The design has a much lighter ambiance than the urban stores, integrating a palette of pale neutrals accented with pastel zoning delineating specific departments. Storewide materials include brushed stainless steel, glass fixtures or light maple fixtures, wood-colored tile flooring and Seibu's signature limestone. Area rugs further define feature areas. Light levels are higher than Seibu's urban stores, yet lower than typical Japanese department stores.

Category

New or Renovated Department Stores

(Interior)

Award Recipient

Callison Architecture Inc.

Seattle

Paula Stafford (principal); George Wickwire (principal); Dawn Clark (associate principal); Elizabeth Buxton (associate principal); Joel Riehl (project architect); Jan Gaylord (project interior designer); Erin Kron (project interior designer); Kyoko Watanabe (project interior designer); Jennifer Carlisle (artwork advisor); Catherine Van Dijk (visual merchandising set up and coordination)

Client

Millenium

Tokyo

Product Manufacturers/Suppliers: Hakusuisha (fixturing); Yoshichyu Co. (fixturing); Royal Co. Ltd. (fixturing); Toli (flooring); Tajima (flooring); Sophia Inc. (flooring); Aidec (furniture); Toli (wall coverings); Benjamin Moore (paint); Corporate Art West (artwork); Decola (plastic laminate); Ms. Shinko (artist for woven visual elements)