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Headfoneshop designed by Batay Csorba Architects

The Toronto-based architectural and interior design studio Batay-Csorba Architects has designed ''Headfoneshop'' a retail that located in Toronto, Canada

Project description by the architects: 

Headfoneshop is a 300sf retail fit out for high end headphones, earphones, amps and audio accessories. Located on the main floor of a 42 story mixed use tower with direct subway access to Toronto’s Yonge and Sheppard station.

Headfoneshop designed by Batay Csorba Architectsimage © Younes Bounhar / Doublespace Photography 

the details of interior design of the retail shop in Toronto Canada image © Younes Bounhar / Doublespace Photography 

The owner, a passionate audio expert, challenges the typical retail store experience of focusing solely on the product and efficiency of the transaction for maximizing turnover. Instead, the design objective was to celebrate the ritual of listening to music and the process of testing.

The headphone accessories in the shopimage © Younes Bounhar / Doublespace Photography 

The intimate, dark and tactile atmosphere and sense of domestic scale give customers a quiet and lounge -like atmosphere to relax while listening to music. It’s not uncommon for customers to spend several hours pairing systems and listening to music. Dark smoked oak millwork and herringbone flooring, sensuous velvet upholstery, soft amber lighting and patinaed brass fittings create a dark and subdued palette that curate a quiet, moody ambience.

headphone retail shop in Toronto Canada image © Younes Bounhar / Doublespace Photography 

image © Younes Bounhar / Doublespace Photography 

In contrast, 255 powder-coated folded metal panels, secured with 765 patinaed brass screws wrap the ceiling and walls producing a spatially dynamic and immersive space that mimics the intense and enveloping audio experience. The metal wrapper in one sense is aggressive but the scale and repetition produce a subtle movement and flow. The juxtaposition between strength and softness create a composition of emotional tones felt on the body.

Headfoneshop designed by Batay Csorba Architectsimage © Younes Bounhar / Doublespace Photography 

The earphone shop in Canada image © Younes Bounhar / Doublespace Photography 

While the design strives to affect how a customer feels it also rethinks how the environment can optimize the product. Instead of the product display system being a separate element with the architecture, it dissolves the boundary between object and architecture. The typical headphone stand was reimagined as a wall display that extended overtop of the visitor and down the opposite wall, enveloping them in the display itself. The bent metal plate allows for display of headphones in multiple configurations, while hiding unsightly wires.

architectural detail Diagram

architectural plan of the retail Plan

the layout of the shopDetail


Architect: Batay-Csorba Architects

Location: Toronto, Canada

Area: 300 ft²

Year: 2017

Photographer: Younes Bounhar / Doublespace Photography 

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