Precious Stone Gallery by Henkai Architects


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A precious stone shop as an exhibition place. A gallery presenting a scenographic arrangement of merchandise and at the same time highlighting the values, for which these articles are admired for generations. Myriad of colours and forms. The characteristics coming to light only after arduous excavation from the bowels of the Earth. Characteristics formed by a geological force of the past so inconceivable we can only grasp its power from a large-format photographs of a rock face.

Our goal was to create a simple and unobtrusive setting for the richness of shapes and shades of the displayed objects. A plain grid that readily gives away the beauty and breathes life into the minerals put up for sale.

▽ 兼具展示和零售的商业空间,a precious stone shop as an exhibition place


▽ 绽放美丽的商品,myriad of colours and forms,the beauty of the precious stones

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The layout arrangement was led by an effort to link individual rooms in a logical manner and to make the shop’s premises functionally comprehensible. The offices are placed (as a piece of furniture) closer to the source of light in the centre of the shop and serve as a clear divide between the front retail and gallery space and the wholesale store in the back.

▽ 办公室体量前侧是用于展示和零售的商店空间,the front retail and gallery space


▽ 办公室体量后侧是服务于大客户的批发空间,the wholesale store in the back



Through the gate of shimmering opal plates, we enter a more prosaic world where large packages of stones and semi-finished products are being sold on an area of 350 m2 for the future jewel and decoration production. The gate itself lies opposite to the main entrance on the axis of natural movement through the shop.

▽ 猫眼石门廊,the gate of shimmering opal plates

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▽ 石材和半成品静置于批发空间之内,a more prosaic world with large packages of stones and semi-finished products



The employee’s workshops and sorting rooms were moved from the dark area of the centre of the disposition towards the western façade with the shop window. Customers now can see themselves and enjoy the running process of the shop.

▽ 员工工作室一侧的落地玻璃,workshops and sorting room with the shop window

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The walls and the ceiling were cleared of any remains of old installations and paint. They were themselves painted in a unifying dark shade of grey. Only the radiant white heat sources are attached to the celling. The original floor tiling was ridden of the old carpets and renovated.

▽ 深灰色的空间显得安静平和, dark shade of grey


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The main material giving the old space a new look is a pine timber. A natural setting for natural product: the plywood walls and furniture boxes, the balks from which the shelves are assembled, the robust wooden mass of the office furniture set against the grey background and the dark marmoleum floor.

▽ 松木平衡了暗沉色调带来的压抑感,衬托出奇石的美妙,a natural setting for natural product


Henkai architects
Client: Svet kamenu, Roznov pod Radhostem, Czech Republic
Photo: Jakub Skokan, Martin Tuma / BoysPlayNice

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