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By Sarah Williams

Published: February 9, 2009 under Architecture

Houston, TX - 1974

Photo: SITE | architecture, art & design

Houston, TX - 1974

Towson, MD - 1978

Photo: SITE | architecture, art & design

Towson, MD - 1978

Milwaukee, WI - 1984

Photo: SITE | architecture, art & design

Milwaukee, WI - 1984

Milwaukee, WI - 1984 detailed

Photo: SITE | architecture, art & design

Milwaukee, WI - 1984 detailed

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The architecture of Big Box retail has always been about familiarity and efficiency—only considering the short term impact it has on people’s lives. During the 1970’s and early 1980’s one retailer dared to be different, intermingling unconventional architecture and modern art with the suburban shopping landscape. Best Product Stores and Site Architects were the creators of these decidedly nonconformist store designs. The buildings are not only a testament to the vision of the architects, but to a client relationship that allowed for something groundbreaking. These spaces made people stop and stare, sparking a sense of wonder for the shopping public. Who will dare to go there next? A Herzog and de Meuron store design for Target?

Check out this classic documentary on YouTube split into four parts. 1, 2, 3, and 4.

COMMENTS

BrusselsSproutInManhattan
said at 11am
February 28, 2009

I absolutely love this! I've been watching the documentary on YouTube, this is great and fun.

BTW, I am just discovering your site. Congratulations: it is fabulous and gave me a lot of ideas of new things to explore. :)

Tom Ran
said at 11am
February 28, 2009

Thank you, hope you continue to check out the site. There's still a lot to come.

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