Retail Architecture

Are you considering a new retail outlet? We can offer expert advice on all aspects of design and documentation required for mall approval (we have designed a number of stores in Westfield and AMP owned malls), building consent, pricing and construction.

We also have experience in office fitiouts, childcare facilities and new commercial premises

If you are looking at rebranding or refreshing a current retail chain we have extensive experience in this area with over 10 years working with corporate clients.

Three nationwide rebranding and fit out projects for Holiday Shoppe and United Travel stores over the years (most recently the transition of 64 stores to Harvey World Travel brand) proves our ability to work on larger scale projects and to strict timeframes.  Contact Chris as he has more experience than many other Architects in Auckland.
 Following the recent refurbishment of  Plume Restaurant (previously Herons Flight) we have now completed Plume Cafe Matakana.This involved a complete interior refit of an existing bungalow with walls removed and decks added, construction of a new bakery building and landscaping.



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Case Study 1

Plume – The Vineyard Restaurant

Plume was formerly known as Heron’s Flight but with new owners and a new brand we were engaged to fully refurbish the site, exterior, interior and landscaping to create a whole new experience for their clientele to enjoy.

The site is a restaurant and a vineyard, however the vineyard is not highly visible as you approach the building, and so to provoke a vineyard feel we decided to use lots of visual references to the vines themselves. To get this how we visualized we undertook the photography ourselves, as well as creating our own artwork for our backlit panels in the Cellar Door. We worked closely with Trinity Interior Design who selected colours, lighting solutions and furnishings, as well as commissioned artwork selections, to complete the project.

We created a new wine tasting and retail area, called the Cellar Door. This entailed creating a new curved timber ceiling, designing new dark stained display shelving for the wine, and a purpose designed counter. We used slats for added texture, and to create a warm cellar feel we used custom designed steel panels featuring our grapevine artwork, backlit with warm lighting.

The main dining areas were treated with new dark stained acoustic ceiling panels on the ceilings, and dark stained slatted panels to further promote the warm friendly atmosphere. The furnishings, and colours selected were inspired by the autumn leaves of the grapevines in the vineyard.

We really felt that the building looked rather domestic, and needed some strong exterior structural elements added. We used 200x200 purpleheart hardwood pergola structures, and designed a much needed outdoor covered pergola for the back outdoor entertaining area, and a robust covered gazebo in the landscaping area to give balance to the area. Large strong leafed magnolias were planted in the landscaping to help provide visual cohesion, and we designed large circle pavers in a pattern again referring to grapes so that it became a sculptural piece of work.

This project is ongoing, with further exterior work under construction, and more exterior work planned for the front entrance area.

The main building contractor is Brackenridge Builders


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Case Study 2

United Travel

Designpoint have designed and project managed a number of new fitouts and upgrades to existing stores for United Travel throughout the country reflecting a fresh contemporary look.
For projects of this kind we provide a full service covering:

  • conceptual sketch design
  • shopfront livery layouts
  • floor plan layouts
  • component design
  • colour and finishes boards
  • full drawings and documentation for building consent
  • tendering
  • construction project management
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Case Study 3

Harvey World Travel

Designpoint were engaged by Holiday Shoppe , a long term client, for the rebranding of their 68 nationwide stores to Harvey World Travel. To ensure a smooth transition all stores were visited personally by Designpoint, site measured and individual design drawings were prepared for the external and internal branding and fitout. A close working relationship with both Holiday Shoppe and the fitout contractor ensured a highly successful, well planned changeover to the new brand within a tight, defined timeframe

“Harvey World Travel shops are independently owned and operated businesses forming part of a national franchise network.

During 2008, the franchisees decided to embark on a bold rebrand to Harvey World Travel and Designpoint were contracted to re-design store interiors and exteriors. We had used the Designpoint team on many occasions in the past for previous projects and we have always found them to be extremely professional, providing excellent services to us and our franchise network.

We would have no hesitation in recommending them to others for similar work.”

Adrian Turner
General Manager
Harvey World Travel Franchise

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Case Study 4

Holiday Shoppe / Budget Travel

In 2000 Designpoint were engaged to design a new style for Budget Travel’s move into the high spec mall environment in various locations nationwide.

The careful utilization of space was important with shop area much less than previous outlets. Design included:

  • signage
  • finishes
  • space planning
  • joinery design
  • project management of the fitout

In 2002 ,following the excellent working relationship established with Budget Travel, sister company Holiday engaged Designpoint to refresh it's look for all 50 franchised shops nationwide.

Soon after, a merger occurred between these 2 companies which saw Designpoint handle the nationwide rebrand of all Budget Travel shops to the new Holiday Shoppe design.

In all, some 45 shops were rebranded with project management handled by Designpoint . All Budget Travel signage was changed over in 3 days with internal upgrading following this.

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