Hija de Tigre

Taller KEN
3. September 2019
Photo: Andres Garcia Lachner

NYC-and-Costa Rica-based ​Taller KEN​ ​has designed a new 4,850-square-foot store for​ ​Hija de Tigre​, a locally-owned-and-operated women’s clothing retailer, in Escazú, a hip, upscale suburb of San José, Costa Rica.

The studio renovated an existing building, adding new concrete volumes and updating and defining both facade and interiors with color, as well as designing the interior retail displays and furniture, for the female-owned and female-centric store. Hija de Tigre is run by a mother and her two daughters, with an ethos centered on multi-generational female empowerment.

Photo: Andres Garcia Lachner

The existing building already consisted of several previous additions. Taller KEN added new elements, including an exterior elevator core and exterior stair, color-coding both new and old volumes so that the building appears as a cohesive, playful, stacking of boxes which create a play of color throughout the day. The firm cleaned up some of the facades to take away moldings and other interruptions for a cleaner, more defined box, and added colorful, reflective window coverings to hide storage areas. The bright colors, inspired in part by Latin architects Luis Barragán and Ricardo Bofill, create a fresh tropical vibe that reflects the context of Costa Rica, the brand’s millennial clientele, and the merchandise itself.

Photo: Andres Garcia Lachner

On the interior, layered color and textures add depth to the space, informally coding the programmatic elements and merchandising. The ground floor, devoted to home decor, accessories and gifts is airy and white, and boasts a mosaic floor made of ceramic shards. 

Photo: Andres Garcia Lachner
Photo: Andres Garcia Lachner

The second level, devoted to casual wear and basics, is defined by a neutral palette and hand-made materials, including soft two-tone geometric pink floors, sand-colored stucco walls and textural accents, such as a yarn curtain and dark green velvet sofa. 

Photo: Andres Garcia Lachner
Photo: Andres Garcia Lachner

Striking black and white terrazzo floors, steel hangers, and yellow and black furniture offset the more formal merchandise on the third floor. Custom millwork stained a dark honey color is consistent on all three levels.

Photo: Andres Garcia Lachner
Photo: Andres Garcia Lachner

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