Massive tilted cinderblock retail facades. Crumbling walls. Massive cracks in the outer wall leading to the entrance doors. All of these were used by the retail chain BEST in the 1970 to break away from the standard idea of retail construction.
Large retail stores have historically been places where architects play it safe, sticking to big bare boxes with simple and familiar aesthetics. But in the 1970s, Best Products and architects of SITE (Sculpture in the Environment) began to deconstruct the idea of the big box store in ambitiously literal ways.