contemporary moon gates connect x+living's zhongshuge bookstore in beijing
 

contemporary moon gates connect x+living's zhongshuge bookstore in beijing

chinese architecture studio x+living has recently completed the design of a second zhongshuge bookstore, this time in beijing. situated within the lafayette department store, the new interior makes reference to classical chinese gardens to transport customers into a flowing space that celebrates books at every turn. 

contemporary moon gates connect x+living's zhongshuge bookstore in beijing designboom

all images by wu qingshan

 

 

the interior design is characterized by the walls of books and circular archways. inspired by the traditional ‘moon gates’ found in chinese gardens, different areas of the bookstore are connected by these large circular arches, which serve not only to direct people but also to frame views of the space. making use of the arched shape, x+living has also built in several spots to stop and sit, so that the symbolized arched door has the dual meaning of function and aesthetics.

contemporary moon gates connect x+living's zhongshuge bookstore in beijing designboom

 

 

the design also utilizes different floor levels to celebrate the simple act of walking through the store. just like a classical garden, customers are invited to browse, wander, and stumble upon new scenery and spatial experiences. the refraction of the mirrored floor surface also gives this phantom realm a kind of surreal sensory impact.

contemporary moon gates connect x+living's zhongshuge bookstore in beijing designboom

 

 

the store also includes a terrazzo lined cafe and a cultural and creative area defined by a bamboo forest. with a mirrored ceiling and thin lines of timber, this area evokes an elegant and delicate mood. through the bamboo grove and walking into the study hall, x+living created a ceremonial and secluded atmosphere by using the central symmetrical layout of traditional architecture. the bookshelf is inspired from screen art, on the back of which is the lamp box acting as a light source.

contemporary moon gates connect x+living's zhongshuge bookstore in beijing designboom

 

 

and finally, the children’s library is a unique world built for kids. x+living uses simplified lines and figures to create a cartoon city, with wavy forms to represent water and a vivid picture of ancient buildings.

contemporary moon gates connect x+living's zhongshuge bookstore in beijing designboom

contemporary moon gates connect x+living's zhongshuge bookstore in beijing designboom

contemporary moon gates connect x+living's zhongshuge bookstore in beijing designboom

contemporary moon gates connect x+living's zhongshuge bookstore in beijing designboom

contemporary moon gates connect x+living's zhongshuge bookstore in beijing designboom

contemporary moon gates connect x+living's zhongshuge bookstore in beijing

contemporary moon gates connect x+living's zhongshuge bookstore in beijing

contemporary moon gates connect x+living's zhongshuge bookstore in beijing

contemporary moon gates connect x+living's zhongshuge bookstore in beijing

contemporary moon gates connect x+living's zhongshuge bookstore in beijing

 

 

project info:

 

project name: beijing zhongshuge lafayette store
location: beijing, china
project area: 1110 m2
completion date: april 2020
design company: x+living
creative designer: li xiang
project director: ren lijiao, wu feng
participating designers: luo ziyan, zhang xiaosong, jiang xueping, yang qiaoliu
photography: wu qingshan

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