|Project Name||Lily Nails - Nail and Eyelash Salon (Yau Tang Store)||Posted in||Health and Beauty||Architecture Practice||ARCHSTUDIO|
In transforming this unassuming 60-square-meter mall shop into a bright and refreshing new salon for Chinese manicure chain Lily Nails, Beijing-based Arch Studio gave the shop’s rectilinear space a gentle curve by inscribing a helix inside it, thereby creating a sense of being drawn inside. Perforated steel was then used for the curved walls and a concrete finish for the fixed walls behind them, while one side of the studio is completely covered with plants. Although the new curved shape creates empty spaces at its corners, the architect managed to put these to good use by placing the reception desk and storage areas there. Meanwhile, the spiralling feature on the ceiling makes the concept visible to guests and also functions as a lighting element that diffuses the light from concealed ceiling lights. All in all, in their attempt to avoid typical nail spa decoration, the architects have succeeded in proposing an original and innovative solution to the modern day mani-pedi experience.