Cape Town, RSA
Unknown Union is a boutique retail experience that features an international roster of fashion collections. The shop’s design integrates architectural elements salvaged from the 18th-century colonial Dutch residential building, which previously stood on the site but had fallen into disrepair. A ground floor maze of multi-colored ombré display units, columns, and shelves was produced with local artisans and materials. Pockets within the maze are cordoned off to accommodate dressing rooms and storage. Illumination is provided by a web of fluorescent fixtures; arranged as primitive chandeliers in the double-height space, their patterns contrast with those of the maze below.