Department Store
Santa Monica, CA

Macy's, Inc. engaged Hixson to be the architects and engineers to design a new Bloomingdale's department store at the new Santa Monica Place in California. Macerich Development recently opened the new center replacing the formerly enclosed mall with a distinctive open-air fashion retail destination.

The new Bloomingdale's replaces the former Macy's store and anchors this exciting new upscale lifestyle center at its western entry just a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean. The exterior design of the store features a new iconic transparent glass gateway corner entry to the store and center, enhanced pedestrian orientation at the street and attention to detail and high quality materials creatively used to break up the mass of the existing building.

The signature design element is the memorative "sequin" layer of numerous metal discs that drape much of the store's facade. The result of this creative design feature is a building exterior that shimmers in response to the breeze giving Bloomingdale's a unique presence on the site.