Connect with us

Carly Hagedon

Next Stop: Innovation, Part VI

Westfield’s temporary holiday market was the ideal complement to The Oculus’ interior

mm

Published

on

International Visual Competition: First Place
Temporary/Pop-Up Retail Space
"Westfield, World Trade – Holiday Market"
Submitted by: Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (formerly Westfield), Paris

The Oculus at the World Trade Center in New York, designed by famed architect Santiago Calatrava, boasts a stunning interior. So one can imagine the extreme care it must have taken the Westfield (Sydney) design team to make a fun-filled holiday market that didn’t overshadow or conflict with the building’s design.

“We really were respectful of the architecture in the space, and the whole market echoed that,” says Fiona Kyle, VP, Events, Westfield. “And because we nailed that balance, people responded really well to it. We didn’t hide anything, and everything stood well on its own two feet.”

Twenty vendors were placed in 10-foot-by-10-foot uniform white kiosk pop-ups with company names printed on the front. The modular fixtures and displays inside allowed retailers to express their individuality through merchandising, while the structures themselves echoed the building’s soaring ceiling.

Other interactive elements included an LED Christmas tree that constantly changed colors; oversized snowmen and an exaggerated snow angel imprint for social media moments; as well as freestanding, modern tree cutouts which helped create a “winter forest” setting. 

“I think it’s essentially watching something go from paper and 2-D renderings to a real, living, breathing event activation in the space,” says Kyle. “Watching it all come together and peoples’ reactions makes all that work and effort worthwhile.”

“The lighting, the projections on the floor, all add to the look and feel,” said judge Patel.

Advertisement

“The canvas they’ve created is a nice, simple canvas,” said competition judge Jamie Cornelius, Creative Director, ChangeUp Inc. (Dayton, Ohio). “They could’ve gone the complete opposite way, but the way they maintain a clean aesthetic is surprising.”

To learn more about this year's International Visual Competition winners and honorable mentions, be sure to check vmsd.com throughout the month of August.

For “Next Stop: Innovation” Part I, click here.
For “Next Stop: Innovation” Part II, click here.
For “Next Stop: Innovation” Part III, click here.
For "Next Stop: Innovation" Part IV, click here
For “Next Stop: Innovation” Part V, click here.

Advertisement

SPONSORED VIDEO

Embracing Whole-Brained Thinking in the Design Journey

Strategy needs creative, and creative needs strategy—yep, having both is really the only way of unifying all disciplines with a common vernacular with an eye toward building a strong creative vision that is foundational to the processes. Hear from Bevan Bloemendaal, former VP, Global Environments & Creative Services at Timberland, how to connect the dots between disciplines, claiming and creating a clear differentiation for the brand and ensuring that any asset (experience, product, ad, store, office, home, video, game) is created with intention.

Promoted Headlines

Most Popular