Shopping: New Shape

The suburban shopping center, a building standing in a serried sea of cars, is architecture's most unique and successful response to the automobile age. It is about to acquire a new shape

The design is the work of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, who were asked by Macy's to design a new store on a cramped site in Elmhurst, LI a crowded New York suburb. Since there wasn't enough room for the conventional parking lot, SOM architects simply wrapped the parking space around the store.

The result is a circular building flanked by two spiral ramps. Customer? drive up a ramp, peel off...

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