New York City -- Fashion retail Zara, an Inditex brand, on Thursday will officially open its largest U.S. store – on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan – designed with the latest advancements in sustainability.
The new store, in the Tishman Building (666 Fifth Avenue, at the intersection of 52nd Street), features a three-floor layout that reflects an innovative approach to interior design. The shop opens onto Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street with five display windows and a dramatic façade.
In each of the three floors, the store is organized around two long corridors or "catwalks" that lead to intimate boutique-like cubes on each side. Each space showcases a specific collection. The wood furniture is finished in neutral elegant colors and textures reminiscent of fabrics such as linen or silk.
Additionally, the shop includes all of the sustainability features of Inditex's eco-efficient stores, including:
- Motion detectors in the storeroom dim the area's lights by 80% when no one is present. Motion detectors for lighting are also installed in less-transited areas (toilets and back-of-store corridors).
- The store's lighting dims to 66% of normal during janitorial and merchandise loading and unloading shifts.
- The shop is equipped with the most efficient heating and air conditioning on the market thanks to its Variable Refrigerant Volume system.
- Energy-intensive systems are turned on in a sequential pattern to prevent demand spikes.
- Thermostats automatically adjust for heating and air conditioning.
- Electronically-regulated air curtains at store entrances prevent the influx of colder or hotter air from outside.
- Speed-controlled mechanical escalators.
- Automatically opening double entrance doors.
- Wood used in store fittings and furnishings bears the PEFC seal (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification), which guarantees that it comes from sustainably, responsibly harvested forests.