If you open a bookstore at a new development called Downtown Disney, a sedate store design just won't do. For the Compass Bookstore & Café at Disney's newest retail/entertainment development in Anaheim, Calif., Stephen Pogue Architects (San Francisco) infused the 2500-square-foot space with an over-the-top travel theme that blends fantasy and history. Pogue amped up the design scheme -- a turn-of-the-century Explorer's Club -- by incorporating oversized travel-themed props. Taking advantage of the store's 16-foot-high ceilings and ample storefront windows, Pogue designed an 8-foot world globe above the cashwrap, an Egyptian column, African shields, a giant Mayan head and an anillary. Framed black-and-white photographs of Everest climbers and the first attempts at flight continue the travel motif in the café area. Even a mini astronomical planetarium is painted onto one of the book areas. But the materials and colors hearken to times past. Dark wood fixtures and hardwood flooring evoke a library feel, as do hanging green light pendants. Customers who pass through this bookstore will be entertained and educated.
Client: Book Inc., San Francisco -- Michael Tucker Design: Stephen Pogue Architect, San Francisco -- Stephen Pogue, principal Outside Consultants: JT Architecture Design, San Francisco (consulting architect); Elkus/Manfredi Architects, Boston (core/shell); Tysinger & Associates, Larkspur, Calif. (structural engineer); Booth Engineering, Albany, Calif. (mechanical engineer); MGA Engineers, Emeryville, Calif. (electrical engineer) General Contractor: R.N. Field Construction Inc., Burbank, Calif. Suppliers: Blue Moon Productions, Chico, Calif. (props); Total Communications, Oakland, Calif., Hess Design, Arcata, Calif. (signage); Wood Connection, Modesto, Calif., Castle Co., Petaluma, Calif. (fixturing); Corradini Corp., Los Angeles (flooring) Photography: Architectural Images Photography, San Francisco