Postmodernism: Best Products + SITE Architecture

Is there anything more dull than the standard KMart, Target, or Sears building?  They always loom up like giant grey, boxy blobs out of the suburban landsacpe; they are arguably offensive because of their commitment to being inoffesnsive.  But they are the big box retail norm.

But, this was not always the case.  In the 70s something remarkable happened at the BEST Product Company when they teamed up with James Wines and his “Sculpture in the Environment” (SITE) architecture firm.

Indeterminate Facade Building, Houston, TX

Peeling Wall Showroom, Richmond, VA.

Notch Showroom, Sacramento, CA

Tilt Showroom, Towson, MD

Inside Outside Showroom, Milwaukee, WI

Rainforest Showroom, Hialeah, FL

Forest Showroom, Richmond, VA

Unfortunately Best went under and most of these buildings have been demolished. But, for a brief Postmodern moment in time, the big box retail shopping experience was way cool.

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3 thoughts on “Postmodernism: Best Products + SITE Architecture

  1. I remember their stores and catalogs. I lived in Richmond until 1987 – they were a quirky discount chain with good pricing (Sony TVs were cheaper there than anywhere else).

    Nobody wants to take chances with architecture anymore…

    • I wish I could have seen them. The forrest store has been turned into a church now. It looks pretty beautiful. And yes, chain stores are beyond boring …

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