The judges have made their final decision!
In all, 23 projects make up the Institute’s Class of 2019 — winners of the 49th International Design Competition — for stores opened in 2019 (January 1 through December 31). The annual competition attracted submissions from 66 retail teams across the globe. Countries represented include: USA, U.K., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Italy, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. Receiving the Institute’s highest honor was Cadillac House, Shanghai, designed by Gensler as the 2019 Store of the Year. (See related story.)
The Ohio Chapter hosted this year’s judging. Jurors included: Laura Smith, RDI, Architectural Design Manager, Bath & Body Works and LaSenza, L Brands; Nina Ricciardi, Senior Director, Store Design, Macy’s; Vikas Srivastava, Assistant Vice President, Store Design Lead, Fifth Third Bank; Heesun Kim, Vice President, Creative Managing Director, FRCH NELSON; Steve Calhoun, RDI, most recently Creative Director, Environments, WD Partners; Eric Daniel, Creative Director, FITCH; and Ann Black, CID, Associate Dean Academic and Faculty Affairs, University of Cincinnati.
In addition to Cadillac House, Shanghai, the judges honored another 22 projects opened in 2019 and more than two dozen Innovation Awards ranging from planning and circulation to lighting design and decorative material usage.
The following winning projects that make up the Institute’s “Class of 2019” — projects represent the “best of the best” stores opened in 2019. (The Institute’s annual “class” represents the best of the best regardless of store format or retail merchandise/service classification.)
ALDI, Shanghai, Design: Landini Associates, Sydney.
Birkenstock, Venice, Calif., Design: TPG Architecture, New York City.
Forty Five Ten, New York City, Design: 5G Studio Collaborative, Dallas; Innovation Award for Fixturing, Innovation Award for Artistic Expression.
Innisfree, Seoul, Design: Mapos Architects, D.P.C., New York City.
McDonald’s, New York City; Design: Landini Associates, Sydney; Innovation Award for Branding; Innovation Award for Digital Integration.
Nestlé KitKat Chocolatory, Sao Paulo; Design: FITCH, London; Innovation Award for Digital Integration.
Nordstrom, New York City; Design: Nordstrom Store Design, Seattle, in collaboration with James Carpenter & CallisonRTKL; Innovation Award for Concept | Programming and Innovation Award for Storefront Façade.
Specs, Del Mar, Calif.; Design: RHDC Studio, San Diego.
Timberland, London, Design: Dalziel & Pow, London.
XYZ Storage, Toronto; Design: Ampersand Studio Inc., Toronto; Innovation Award for Customer Experience.
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