Prada New York Epicenter

The Prada New York Epicenter project is a groundbreaking retail space marked by detailed craftsmanship, innovative technologies, design collaboration, and successful navigation of governmental approvals processes.

customers try on shoes on terraced social stair in curving showroom
man stands at bottom of zebrawood curved showroom shaped like a wave

Prada and Rem Koolhaas selected ARO to join the project as Executive Architect at the start of Schematic Design. We played an active role through all phases of the project, developing the design in collaboration with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), and overseeing its successful realization in New York.

shoes line terrace like steps down to zebrawood wave

While the unprecedented cylindrical glass elevator, zebrawood “wave,” and surfaces of translucent cellular polycarbonate are signature elements of the store’s public design, its most sophisticated elements are reserved for the private spaces.

round glass elevator at Prada showroom

Breakthrough technologies developed by OMA’s alter ego, AMO, were specified either for the first time or in a unique application for the Prada New York Epicenter. In the dressing rooms, a transparent glass door turns opaque with the touch of a pedal, plasma screens are embedded in mirrors, and a delayed video recording allows shoppers to see a 360-degree image of themselves as they try out new apparel.


2002 New York Municipal Art Society, MASterwork Award

2002 New York Construction News, Best of  Year Award