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Unknown Union
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  • location
    Cape Town, RSA
  • year
    2011
  • type
    Retail
  • size
    1,850 SF
  • location
    Cape Town, RSA
  • year
    2011
  • type
    Retail
  • size
    1,850 SF

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.

Unknown Union South Africa central view
Unknown Union South Africa column with stepped shelving
Unknown Union South Africa corner pyramid
Unknown Union South Africa side of shelving pyramid
Unknown Union South Africa view with receding shelves
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