Where the glass meets terracotta bricks!

Hermès has found a new address at a townhouse in Amsterdam, a building made exceptionally with hundreds of glass bricks named ‘Crystal Houses’. Its facade was completed by the Dutch design house MVRDV with warm-tone interiors in 2016. The Crystal Houses building is nestled among a string of popular stores of Amsterdam’s hottest shopping street Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat with a focus to house the prestigious labels keeping at par with the city’s historical aesthetic.

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Photo Credits: Barbara Keiboom (L); Design Boom (R)

Three years ago, the building housed another luxury boutique, Chanel and is re-opening for Hermès, where the French mogul is topping it off by occupying two grand floors. However, the previous façade made entirely of bricks has been genially replaced by shiny and stark glass bricks, beautifully merging with the terracotta walls. Earlier, due to spatial requirements, a blind wall was installed behind the first-floor facade which diminished its transparency but now MVRDV is happy to announce that the facade can be seen as it was originally intended – making the store even more spectacular.

Photo Credits: Barabara Keiboom

The inside of the store features mosaic flooring in a geometric pattern inspired by a motif seen in the Hermès branch on Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore in Paris. Women’s accessories are displayed on royal wooden plinths and the brand’s signature silk scarves hang from full-height gridded frames. You will also find ready-to-wear clothes at the back of the luxurious store. Besides that, a beautiful dark-wood staircase leads to the first floor which is home to the brand’s another section – homeware, precious goods, jewellery, and watches. The caramel-hued interiors of the store are designed to blend in with the exterior architecture of the city and it just can’t get any better.

Photo Credits: Design Boom

Now when you are in Amsterdam next time, you know where to head for some shopping and site-seeing – both at one place!

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