The glasses shop in Beja is designed by Jorge Sousa Santos. This glasses shop is located in Beja, Portugal. This project is done on 2010. The glasses shop in Beja is develops in three levels. The first levels intended for main exhibition space, selling area and the workshop. In the second level are also the exhibition spaces, but it related to the optometrical offices. The last, the third levels is intended for staff only.
This glasses shop has the key purpose; it is to create the sense of the unity in the store’s interior design. Besides, it is to achieve a truly new way of the exhibiting eyeglasses. This purpose is sight in the interior decoration itself. There is multiplicity of round mirrors in the exhibition wall inside the shop. This mirror is which usually used in the classic barber shop in the old. It has a support for the glasses itself on its sides. All of that things are gives the atmosphere and a sense of the interactivity between the visitors. The mirror glasses can transform to the basic support of the eyeglass into a mirror by a simple rotation. This thing are solves the key problem in the optical stores, the position of the mirrors and their relation to the major exhibition.
Those mirrors which adapted the round shape are forming a pattern. Those pattern is develops itself through two levels, it is intersecting the space on the first floor. It is also creating the spatial void, accomplishes the sense of the unity.
That entire thing is supported by the finest choice of materials; it is giving attention to the detail in every corner. The Acer wood is the best choice for becomes the wall of the store which is supporting the glass shop. The furniture which is lacquered on its surface is enveloping the all around the space which contain not only the exhibition pieces, but also the images and the stocking spaces, but never loosing the weight itself. The lacquered surface is the antithesis of the wood itself, which is creating a dense, reflective mass which absorbs the entire necessary element for the function of the store.
- Architect: Jorge Sousa Santos
- Location: Beja, Portugal
- Project Team: Jorge Sousa Santos, Ismael Prata, Patrícia Costa
- Project Year: 2010
- Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra