Facade for COS store in Bristol

March 2017

The COS store in Bristol, in an open shopping mall next to the Quakers Friars, is located opposite a historic building in Broadmead. The site is the remains of a Dominican friary, which was established by Maurice de Gaunt, in 1227.

For the design concept of the facade I studied the work of Richard Serra. I wanted to highlight the tension between the void and the fullness that mutates depending if the store is open or closed.

The composition of the facade is interrupted by a projected window, providing a considered framing of the historic building.

The material chosen for the facade is an 11x11 cm tile that due to its firing process, creates up to 15 different shades of the same colour, creating a texture and vibration turning the façade into something almost digital.