In a city bursting with both new luxury boutiques and architectural landmarks, Harry Winston still made a conspicuous statement with the recent opening of its Shanghai store—the jeweler’s largest retail location yet. The new flagship boutique, located in the prestigious Xintiandi shopping district, embodies the brand’s inimitable style and intrepid vision for the future. The exterior of the two-story oval structure, which features a Shikumen-style stone-gate entrance, is wrapped in faceted panels of gold glass. Inside, a soaring atrium with a glass skylight and extravagant drop-crystal chandelier illuminates what appear to be acres of glittering gemstones.
Architect William Sofield of New York’s Studio Sofield sought to imbue the 5,800-?square-foot space with the ambience of a private home. Throughout the store, visitors encounter intimate spaces, including a timepiece salon and dedicated areas for high jewelry and bridal designs. Though the Harry Winston Shanghai Pavilion, which opened its doors this spring, has become a tourist attraction in its own right, this spectacular building is unlikely to outshine the incomparable treasures it houses.
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