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Wutopia Lab wraps bookstore in perforated facade to mimic clouds

September 4, 2021 Ali Morris 0
Duoyin bookstore Huangyan by Wutopia Lab

Architecture studio Wutopia Lab has used layers of perforated metal to transform two disused buildings on the banks of Taizhou’s Yongning River into a bright and modern bookshop. Rather than demolishing the existing buildings or attempting to perform “cosmetic surgery” on their cluttered, commercial facades, the studio decided to simply wrap the structures in white

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AIM Architecture adds slide-like staircase to Shanghai store In the Park

September 3, 2021 Alice Finney 0

Shanghai studio AIM Architecture has inserted a red staircase that resembles a children’s slide in the middle of this clothing store to create a playful interior. Named In the Park, the Shanghai store was designed to reflect the playfulness of the clothing brand while drawing on the layout of traditional Chinese parks. AIM Architecture wanted to

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Carlo Ratti Associati designs hydroponic “farmscraper” for Shenzhen

August 27, 2021 James Parkes 0
jian mu tower by carlo ratti asssociati

Carlo Ratti Associati has unveiled plans to build a 218-metre-tall skyscraper in China that would grow crops using hydroponics, as well as contain spaces for selling and consuming the produce. The Jian Mu Tower would occupy the last available plot in Shenzhen’s business district, completing the city’s central skyline. The 51-storey building dedicates 10,000 square

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Ten Chinese bookshops that display books in imaginative ways

August 24, 2021 Alice Finney 0
Yangzhou Zhangshuge bookstore's tunnel interior

From shops that display books on tree trunk columns to stores that reflect books all over the walls, we’ve rounded up ten bookshops in China that exhibit books in non-traditional ways. Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore, Chongqing, by X+Living Mirrored ceilings and zigzag staircases create the disorientating interior of this bookstore in southwest China designed by Shanghai-based

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Liang Architecture Studio creates retrofuturistic boutique in Hangzhou

August 24, 2021 Ali Morris 0
Diamond-shaped lamp

Grand steel and micro-cement structures, celestial lighting and symmetrical layouts add a sense of ceremony to the shopping experience within this clothing boutique in Hangzhou, China by Liang Architecture Studio. Located within a corner unit on a busy street in the city’s Xiaoshan District, the 300-square-metre Audrey boutique sells women’s fashion. Arranged over two floors,

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HAS uses frosted glass to “blur boundaries” in Chongqing bookshop

August 23, 2021 Alice Finney 0
The interiors of The Glade Bookstore in Chongqing

Translucent glass shrouds the books within this bookshop in Chongqing, designed by architecture studio HAS Design and Research. Located in Chongqing’s dense city centre, The Glade Bookstore is a bookshop, restaurant and exhibition space designed to act as a “spiritual and restful place” in the otherwise bustling Chinese city. HAS Design and Research (HAS) drew

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Atelier Xi transforms abandoned house into library with curved concrete walls

August 17, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
Library in Ruins

Chinese architecture studio Atelier Xi has completed a library in Henan province featuring a curving concrete volume that emerges from the ruins of a derelict house. Library in Ruins is part of a series of buildings designed by Shenzhen-based Atelier Xi for the municipal government of rural Xiuwu County. The firm was initially commissioned to

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Studio Avoid designs Grotto Retreat Xiyaotou to evoke ancient cave dwellings

August 15, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
Grotto Retreat Xiyaotou by AVOID

Studio Avoid has completed a retreat in China’s Hebei province comprising a series of cave-like brick-clad pods connected by a raised walkway. The village of Xiyaotou in the Zhangjiakou prefecture contains a network of traditional cave dwellings, which provided the inspiration for the interconnected vertical pods forming the Grotto Retreat Xiyaotou. “The design concept starts

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Atelier Xi designs peach-coloured concrete pavilion in rural China

August 14, 2021 Jon Astbury 0
A pink concrete community centre

Chinese practice Atelier Xi has completed Peach Hut, a tinted concrete community pavilion and bar overlooking a field of peach trees in Henan Province. The Shenzhen-based practice was initially approached to design a 300-square-metre arts centre in Xiuwu, but proposed that its scattered rural communities would be better served by a more dispersed series of

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MAD designs white cloud-like science museum on Haikou coast

August 13, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A cloud-like museum

Chinese architecture studio MAD has released visuals of the top-heavy Hainan Science and Technology Museum that it has designed for the coast of Haikou in China. Slated to open to the public in 2024, the cloud-like museum will encompass 46,528 square metres on a verdant site in the city near a national wetland park. The

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