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A Buckminster Fuller Dome on the Vitra Campus is Now a Pop-Up Shoe Store

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Well, this is interesting: In a massive Buckminster Fuller-designed dome on its campus, furniture company Vitra has let shoe company Camper erect a pop-up store. Though at first that seems like an odd fit, it's not quite as bizarre as one may imagine. Nearby, Vitra's Design Museum is hosting an exhibition called "Making Africa," and the pop-up shop's designer, Burkina Faso-born architect Diébédo Francis Kéré, is among the exhibited architects. His scheme for the store is a pair of courtyard-like oval pavilions open to the aluminum-pole-supported roof of the Bucky dome above.

Each retail oval, which is made of a wood-based material called "blockboard" covered in white laminate, Dezeen reports, hosts a hodge-podge of Vitra seating and custom shelving for trying shoes on and displaying products. For those wondering, the dome is based on a Fuller design from 1975, but joined the campus's cluster of structures in 2000.

Diébédo Francis Kéré's Camper Pop-up Store Opens at the Vitra Campus [Dezeen]
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