located in shenzhen, this book pavilion by aether architects is part of the urban village space renovation plan by shum yip land investment & development co. ltd (shenzhen). the aim of the project is to take the space as the medium, then integrate the diversified cultural and activity factors into the neighborhood.

all images © zhang chao 



the reconstructed building will be used by the enclave independent bookshop, which hosts poetry publications, art exhibitions and public speeches. the original building was a residential property with an outline of 12.85 x 3.6 m, in addition to the storage and staircase areas, the main renewable area is 8.7  x 3.6 m (around 31 square meters).



this is a space with narrow and deep ‘tunnel’ geometry. here, aether architects sought to change our way of thinking about this site. the design team created a ‘local city’ with a diverse interior landscape. this inserted architecture is a three-dimensional curved volume that evolves from the prototype of a bookshelf. it divides the site into three parts — the middle is public, while the two sides are private.



the concave and convex forms generate different scales of public and private fields on both sides of the building; the form changes vertically and horizontally to accommodate the different spatial feelings of the human body. in the middle it becomes more and more open, thus establishing a sense of freedom.

project info:


name: insert architecture –enclave book pavilion
design: aether architects
completion date: january 2018
area: 31 sqm
location: nantou village, shenzhen, china
photography: zhang chao 
architect in charge: zelin huang
structural consultant: hai lin
technical support: long yu
client: shum yip land investment & development co.ltd (shenzhen)


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