CORE Receives Prestigious Shop! Award for Astoria


Washington, DC (June 25, 2020) – Shop!, the global trade association dedicated to enhancing retail environments and experiences, announced today that CORE architecture + design has received the Shop! Silver Design Award for Astoria in two categories, Restaurant Casual Dining & Wall Treatment, recognizing their outstanding work in retail design.

“Congratulations on behalf of our key sponsors, esteemed judges, and the entire Shop! Association team,” said Todd Dittman, CEO of the Shop! Association. “The creativity and high standard of work from your team offers an outstanding example of the best in our industry.”

The judges cited CORE architecture + design for creating a superb combination of the elements critical to success at retail: excellence in design, originality in use of space and materials, and quality of concept execution.

“We truly enjoyed collaborating with Devin Gong and his team, who are amazing partners that share our vision of design excellence,” says Principal Allison Cooke. “We are incredibly proud of everyone involved in the project, including our collaborators: Robinson Forged Metals, Hospitality Kitchen Design, Caliber Design, Inc. (MEP), and Rathgeber/Goss Associates (Structural).”

“Borne from Gong’s childhood love of trains, Astoria’s design fuses together the novelty of JJ Astor’s New York City with the luxury of Orient Express trains, where comfort and amenities were integral to the guest experience,” says Interior Designer, Kimi Laws.

CORE’s design of the new luxury bar Astoria maximizes a narrow space at Dupont Circle, blending opulence and “Chinese ruggedness” with an elegant layout. The wall feature for which CORE won the award is an arched brass screen which unifies the space, and its shape reinforces traincar proportions. Explore the project on our website and visit our entry pages on the Shop Awards website: Restaurant Casual Dining & Wall Treatment.

The Shop! Awards recognize the best new designs in retail environments and experiences through several award programs, including The Design Awards, which celebrate achievements in areas such as new store design, renovations, fixtures, visual presentation projects, and in-store communications. For more information, please visit

About CORE architecture + design
Under the leadership of principals Dale Stewart, Allison Cooke, and David Cheney, CORE thrives on complex projects and leads with experience, understanding that their best work comes from designing hand in hand with their clients. Bringing a spirit of exploration to each project, CORE believes that design has the power to shape experiences. Visit and follow COREdc on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About Shop!
Shop! Environments Association ( is the global trade association dedicated to enhancing retail environments and experiences. Shop! represents member companies and affiliates worldwide from 23 countries. Since 1956, the association has brought value to the global retail marketplace through our industry leadership, research programs, industry certification, education and networking events. Shop! produces the award-winning magazine, Retail Environments, offering business-focused content to retailers, brands, designers and suppliers throughout the industry.

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