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Thinking Outside The Big Box – So BEST

BEST was the best.  they were like the Best Buy of their time.  little did I know that at one point, they also had THE best buildings EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the architectural firm SITE created 9 unique buildings for BEST

best peel

best peeling 1971

Peeling Project, Richmond, Virginia, 1971

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best texas 1974

best bricks

Intermediate Facade Building, Houston, Texas, 1974

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best sac

best sac2

Notch Showroom, Sacramento, California, 1977

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best tilt towson

best tilt

Tilt Showroom, Towson, Maryland, 1978

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best cutler ridge

best broken

Cutler Ridge Showroom, Miami, Florida, 1979

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best best best2

best best best

Anti-Sign, Ashland, Virginia, 1979

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best rainforest

best rainforest2

Hialeah Rainforest Showroom, Hialeah, Florida, 1979

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best forest

forest showroom2

Forest Showroom, Richmond, Virginia, 1980

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best outside

best inside out

Inside/Outside Building, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1984

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sadly, none of those buildings look like that anymore, eggcept for the Forest Showroom one which is now a church!!!!!

forest today

 

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but SITE wasn’t the only firm to make BEST buildings

best flowers

best flowers2+

Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi - Langhorne, Pennsylvania, 1978

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sadly, these guys were never built!

best parking lot

Parking Lot Building by SITE, 1977

best didnt happen4

1977 — Anthony J. Lumsden

best didnt happen2

The Earth, the Temple, and the Goods (unbuilt), 1979 — Robert A.M. Stern

best didnt happen3

1979 — Charles W. Moore

best didnt happen

1979 — Michael Graves

best didnt happen 5

1979 — Allen Greenberg

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check out this short documentary on the BEST stores designed by SITE. directed and produced by Howard Silver

h/t Wandrlust | Arqueologia del Futuro | Cultural Ghosts | Super Rad Now

best short

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