Isabella von Sichart



Banana Republic, Michigan Avenue
Chicago, 1998, (Lighting only)


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One of the stores located on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue "Magnificent Mile". The building’s stark modern all glass façade invites to shop on three airy floors that are connected with sweeping stairs, framed by glowing back-lit curvy walls, giving the experience of flowing spaces. And at night the festive lighting turns the building into a glowing box. The lighting system consists of different size slots that turn the ceiling into a large textured field, almost like a Mondrian composition. The result is a well balanced illumination of the sales floors, emphasizing the special architectural features and the merchandise.

1998 ISP/VM+SD International Store Design Awards: Best Facade - First Place
1999 Visual Image and Identity Competition Lighting Design - Honorable Mention