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06 Retail Store Interiors - Take 1

Posted by Derek Leavitt on Fri, Jun 01, 2007

architect process

The ever critical car wash store is much more than just a place to pay for your car wash. If the architecture and interiors are done correctly, it can turn the chore of getting a car wash into a pleasant shopping experience.

This first round of design for the car wash store interiors was intended to reflect the concepts used on the exterior (see previous post): the screen, simple signs, and improved flow.

retail architect

The cabinetry is composed of stacked pieces of wood of various widths that provide different shelving depths, dramatic shadow lines, and visually relate to the screens used on the exterior. Storage areas just below the display areas are intended to ease the merchandise stocking.

los angeles store architect

Simple, one word signs such as "write" (cards) and "give" (gifts) were intended to provide a customer with the essence of what was available in that portion of the store.

store interiors los angeles

A birds-eye view of the store layout.

floor plan

The floor plan of the store before the proposed remodel.

retail floor plan

Several layouts were explored and flow diagrams created to see how to improve the customers experience of moving through the floor plans

These initial interior layouts included a take-out style cafe.

architect flow diagram

Although the client was very happy with these concepts for the store, the final constructed design of the store is fairly different, matching the reduced scope of the overall car wash project.

Topics: Car Wash, Car Wash Remodel, Modernism, Retail

03 Architecture Concepts

Posted by Derek Leavitt on Thu, Apr 26, 2007

Architecture schedule

Aside from the necessary aesthetic makeover, Modative's initial concept was to rethink the car wash process by making it less of a "chore" and into more of a positive "experience", like going to Starbucks, or the spa.

We also envisioned the car wash having far less of the visual clutter typical of car washes by reducing the number of signs and replacing them with smart design moves that create an atmosphere of high end service.

Concept Sketches

We created concept sketches using trace paper over existing photos of the various car wash areas. Some of these sketch ideas were then further visualized with quick renderings. Here's a glimpse into the process:

existing car wash

Before picture of the front of the main building (waiting area).

base image

We took the photo into Photoshop and stripped it down to the bare structure as a starting point for sketching some ideas.


modern architect concept sketch

This concept sketch was about creating a higher canopy over the waiting area to create more presence at the street.

los angeles car wash

Before picture of the car wash ordering area -sign clutter.

architect sketch

Concept sketch of a cleaner wash ordering area with minimal signs and clear lane distinction.

architects rendering

Concept rendering of the car wash ordering area - a more refined look.

la car wash before picture

Before photo of the car wash detailing area.

modern architects concept

Our concept was to make this detail area more substantial and call it the car spa.

architects sketch

We thought that the detail area or "car spa" could have its own waiting area for the VIP customers.

modern architects rendering

A rendering of the car spa, complete with a green (vegetated roof) to help control runoff.







Topics: Retail, architecture precedents, Inspiration, Communication