Proving that great retail design isn’t limited to the super cities, Farmácia Teles – a store that serves a population of 9,000 in the rural town of Lourosa, Portugal – has delivered a vibrant mix of glass walls and LED lights that could compete with any high-end boutique.
In a similar vein to the Placebo Pharmacy in Athens (see the Stylus report) its designer – Portuguese architecture company Plaren – has redefined the conventional pharmacy frontage and layout to produce a more dynamic health and beauty retail model.
The storefront has one large window, while the side elevation is sheathed in black and littered with smaller windows. At night, the colour-changing LED lights inside the store create a captivating visual display for passersby.
Inside, transparent glass walls compartmentalise the store, while enabling customers an unprecedented view of areas that would normally be closed off – including offices and preparation and storage areas.