Puma Outlets

With numerous disciplines including researchers and scientists involved early on, this store‘s carbon footprint is 25 percent smaller than previous iterations, as certified by the Global Research Institute. A “design by subtraction” philosophy also yielded 30 percent lower energy consumption as well as fewer materials overall thanks to the lack of partition walls. All wood is renewable, all metals are recycled, and Plyboo and Wheatboard are both FSC-certified. LED lighting in a diagonal pattern significantly reduces the lighting quantity and power load. Modular construction methods further reduce waste. And an independent Cx is providing ongoing commissioning. For this project, less truly is more. A fixturization kit of interchangeable stock parts enables this entire environment to be reconfigured without use of material handling equipment. While providing extreme flexibility for seasonal and inventory needs, this also enables the entire store to be packed up quickly and relocated to another site with little deconstruction and waste. With joinery comprising screws sans glue, fixtures can be taken apart without destroying the components. Combined with the use of 100 percent recyclable materials, this engineering strategy enables the store elements to be reused and/or recycled, revolutionizing not only Puma‘s factory, but the very concept of retail design.

Photography by Cheryl Ramsay and Charles Bergquist