• Almost 160 years after it was first established, iconic Singapore department store Robinsons arrived in the Middle East with the launch of a spectacular store of inspiration at Al-Futtaim’s Dubai Festival City.

  • Designed by London-based retail specialists HMKM, this Robinsons is the largest department store in the region, at 200,000 sq. ft. over three floors of contemporary and designer fashion, food, art and culture experiences.

  • HMKM’s vision draws its inspiration from the store’s roots and from Singapore’s blend of green landscapes and edgy contemporary architecture to produce a scheme founded on the notion of a future landscape.

  • That dynamic runs through every aspect of the design, starting with a series of dramatic external and internal facades which blend large-scale animated screens with sinuous, interlacing lines of timber, bronze anodised aluminium and polished brass.

  • Throughout the interior, contemporary forms and digital elements are balanced with warm materials and lush planting.

  • The first floor is dedicated to womenswear and accessories, and is articulated by a series of internal rotundas, each of which are centered on a swooping, tree-like timber frame, designed to filter daylight and create memorable sculptural statements.

  • Lingerie is given its own distinct atmosphere, separated from the main floor with layered, rose gold-framed screens, washed-timber fixtures and subtle grey hues.

  • The menswear department is centered on a central pavilion, defined by a slatted oak ceiling raft and fleshed out with herringbone leather paneled walls, end-grain oak flooring, warm lacquers and dark metal frames.

  • Large scale vertical garden walls and columns were created by world renowned visionary botanist designer, Patrick Blanc.

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