UNYC store design by Carvalho Araújo

A place of encounter and intimacy

Project Specs


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The store integrates a housing project designed in the late 60’s, in a composition that reveals a late modernism. The existing space was divided into two distinct zones: a large floor at the ground level and an upper store overlooking the main space and the courtyard to the north.

▼店面外观,external view


UNYC results from the fusion of the intended program with the search for a balance between a male and female space idea. The store and the upper store represent different atmospheres that merge in the center, solving in the staircase and in the transition between floors the complexity of the connection between the different materials and textures. This central space assumes the leading role, not only for its imposing height, but also for being the aggregator element of the remaining spaces. This is where the big table emerges: a functional and symbolic piece, with an intentionally unavoidable presence that materializes what is intended for this space. The big window on the main facade plays an important role in the relationship between the interior of the store and the urban space. The imposing but translucent curtain, which both reveals and hides, translates the essence of this space: a place of encounter and intimacy.

▼入口接待处,entrance and reception

▼首层的宽阔区域, the large floor at the ground level

▼桌面兼备了功能性与象征性,a functional and symbolic table

▼中央空间的高度使其余空间聚合在一起, the central space is the aggregator element of the remaining spaces

▼洗手间,rest room

▼一层和二层平面图,ground floor and first floor plan


architecture: Carvalho Araújo, Arquitectura e Design (www.carvalhoaraujo.com)
project name: UNYC
client: UNYC
date: 2017
location: Vila Nova de Famalicão | Portugal
Latitude: 41° 24’ 23.929” N
Longitude: 8° 31’ 1.304” O
contractor: PEDRALBET – Construções Unipessoal, Lda
photographer: ©NUDO

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