Combispace, a project of the portuguese architect Luis Pereira Miguel, won the the Colorsdesigner international competition promoted by POLI.design, a Consortium of the Politecnico di Milano (Italy) open to young creatives, designers and architects asked to develop new retail concepts for large international clothing enterprises. The winning project will be applied to a new Benetton store.
There were candidates from 46 countries and the jury selected six final projects. The prizes will be awarded in october and the execution of the project will be followed by the winner and will be built in the city of Omsk, Russia.
The Jury's final choice fell unanimously on Combispace, which "unifies in an original and fluid manner the two floors of the historical building object of the competition, thus creating an articulate system of transforming spaces and of exposition of merchandise that well respond to the functional and communicative needs of the present topic".
The competition is and represents a challenge for designers in finding new eco-sustainable and creative solutions capable to express the quality of interior environments, products and services. Possible future spaces thought not merely for selling products but also for communication, interaction with final users and aggregation activities. Spaces where technology is capable of humanizing the approach to buying by transforming it in a social experience, a moment for self-gratification and pleasure.
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1974, Luis Pereira Miguel studied Architecture in Porto, Cottbus (Germany) and Lisbon, where he graduated in 1997 at Lusiada University. In 2001 he has completed his Master degree in Architecture and Urbanism, following the Design Research Laboratory programme from the Architectural Association in London. He has then worked on several Portuguese architectural studios. In 2005 he has co-founded PM Arquitectos, a Lisbon based office, working on Architecture, Urbanism, Interiors, 3D and Architectural Investigation.