PARIS — After a two-phase renovation that endured 14 months, the Balenciaga flagship in Paris last week unveiled the final result: a quirky, intergalactic design conceived by designer Nicolas Ghesquière and French artist Dominique Gonzales-Foerster.

The 1,900-square-foot boutique’s most unusual feature is an underground tunnel — dubbed a "pool passage" by the house. It connects a store bifurcated by an entryway to the apartments above. Balenciaga even commissioned a musician, Christophe Van Huffel, to compose a soundtrack of burbles and gurgles for the brief subterranean journey through an angular, tile-walled hallway.

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