Patagonia recently opened a new climbing-specific store in the upscale Meatpacking District that echoes the environmentally-friendly philosophy of its brand. Designed by Michael Neumann Architecture, the 3,500 square-foot retail space is reminiscent of a "huge ski chalet" and uses locally sourced, reclaimed materials to create a rustic but elegant backdrop for Patagonia's colorful outdoor goods.
Patagonia Meatpacking is the brand’s first climbing store since its early days in the 1970s and features gear for activities from bouldering to technical-alpine climbing. The climbing-specific store, which opened in February, was created as a response to New Yorkers’ climbing enthusiasm for the sport.
MNA’s modern design for the space perfectly complements the character of adjacent high-end retailers while staying mindful of Patagonia’s environmental focus and the Meatpacking District’s history. Using locally-sourced, reclaimed materials, MNA deftly combined history, sustainability, and style.
Patagonia Meatpacking’s pine-planked flooring was salvaged from the industrial warehouses around the city and bricking was salvaged from apartment buildings on the outskirts of Westchester, NY. And just a stone’s throw away, the ceiling beams — reclaimed softwood joists — were sourced from deconstructed warehouses underneath the High Line. As a final finishing touch, a custom-made, fully functioning meat rail was installed throughout the store, with each hook used to display Patagonia apparel.
Images courtesy of Michael Neumann Architecture