Louis Vuitton

Complex design issues solved in high profile, luxury project

In keeping with its expansion into shopping malls, luxury goods retailer Louis Vuitton elected to open its first Australian non-CBD store at Westfield in Bondi Junction. SHAPE was given eight weeks to deliver a project that involved intricate fitout components, international stakeholders, no option of delayed completion and close public scrutiny. This was the first time Louis Vuitton had appointed an external contractor for both the main fitout and the intricate façade. The key to on time delivery was manpower. SHAPE worked around-the-clock, with a team of up to 40 people working on the 115 square metre site.

Substantial mid-project design variations

A major challenge was the design variations that resulted from a combination of intricate, custom built components and incomplete documentation. Over 100 design variations were logged across this eight week project, requiring input from our team that went far beyond the scope of the original brief.  In particular, the complex glass curtain wall façade involved international logistics, design and construction issues. As the construction site was in the middle of a busy, high-end retail area, the SHAPE team also applied rigorous measures to minimise risk and disruption.

Client: Louis Vuitton

Floor Area: 115 m²

Location: Bondi Junction, Sydney

State: NSW

Project type: Fitout

Completion date: June 2009

Duration: 8 weeks

Sector: Retail

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