Aisles And Islands
Maria Shollenbarger -- Interior Design, 5/1/2008 12:00:00 AM
Firm: Hugh A. Boyd Architects
The firm now known as Hugh A. Boyd Architects has specialized in food retail over a period of almost 20 years, with a focus on high-end, boutique purveyors and farmers' markets. So how did the firm's name get attached to Landmark, a Manila mega-market and food court encompassing 146,000 square feet with a seating capacity of 1,400? "The CEO of Landmark liked what I did at New York's Grand Central Market," Hugh A. Boyd explains.
His task in Manila was a daunting one: Translate the super-sleek, hyper-designed aesthetic that has swept Asian shops and fast-food joints so it works in a space of Wal-Mart proportions. The interior's huge structural columns set the course, because reinforcing them to handle four additional levels yielded an aesthetically awkward shape, expanding from 5 feet in diameter at the base to 8 or 9 feet at the top. To camouflage some of these monsters, Boyd enclosed them in enormous fiberglass bowls, spackled them, and painted on a bird-of-paradise motif. The bowls' shape begat the round and oval food stations and counters; winding walkways and curving partitions followed. "There's some nice glass tile we imported from China," Boyd says, pointing out the wall behind the butcher counter. "For the rest, it's actually pretty simple. If you look closely, you'll see it's mostly a lot of painted drywall!" Often the simplest ingredients yield the most satisfying results.