The Satori Harbor Library by Vipshop China Co., Ltd

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
The Satori Harbor

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Library

INSPIRATION:
November 2020, Wutopia Lab completes the Satori Harbor, a culturally symbolic library situated in VIPshop's new headquarters. Yu Ting, the Founder & Chief Architect of Wutopia Lab, sees the library materializing the complex mechanism of the world-an abstract harbor city where the readers can wander through books and experience their moments of enlightenment and deliverance. Satori Harbor symbolizes a moral place for that of practice of life.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The 19th floor is a city within the city. The most important place is the gallery, a re-interpretation of the European art saloon. The gallery walls are covered with painting collected across world placed in a non-hierarchical fashion. At the end of the haowu corridor is a circular window, capturing a miniature corner of the city. Yu Ting seeks to create an obscure experience of space and time through the meandering experience through light and darkness.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The boat is constructed with steel framing and coated with stucco, and the white screens are made of technical fabric and we printed facades of the old buildings near the Guangzhou harbor on them. The boat is a homage to the history of Guangzhou, back when the city was a harbor to host cultural and commercial exchanges between China and the western world, which is what VIP is about, a connecting point between customers and all the good valued merchandising from all around the world. A boat is also a symbol taken out of Taoism, to fearlessly ride the waves of life.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Started in September 2019; Completed in October 2020; Location: 18-19F, South Tower of Vipshop Headquarters Building, Zone A, Pazhou Internet Innovation Cluster, Haizhu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The whole space is basically covered with stucco, we used it on the wall and the floor, except for the curved steps which we chose a beige terrazzo to differentiate it from the floor below. The ceiling is painted with white. The three circular openings on the left are windows to the rooms behind. The rosette window is a page taken out of the history of Guangzhou, they were a big hit in the 18th century. With stucco and terrazzo, the space can have more possibilities to hold more activities.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The whole building is open office space. The library should be different from these, and then we want that differentiation to be tapped into. We want our guests to feel a little different from the moment they enter the tunnel.

TAGS:
Vipshop, Headquarter, Museum, The thirteen-hongs in Canton, Library, Tunnel, Port city, Haowu Port, Haowu Corridor

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The owners repeatedly emphasized that Vipshop originated in Guangzhou's old 13 hongs, which was the only port during the closed time, open to the outside world at the time. In a way, Vipshop inherited the spirit of the old 13 hongs, they brought the good things from abroad back to China. Chinese cities and ports are separate and there is a distance between them. After a long discussion, we printed facades of the old buildings near the Guangzhou harbor on them.

CHALLENGE:
Structure, fire partition. This is a new building, but the library has a larger load than the original, the load requirements have been increased. The owner was persistent in introducing the elevation of the thirteen rows into the design. Finally we printed the elevation of the thirteen rows on the roller blinds, when needed the roller blinds slowly fall and the elevation of the thirteen rows will appear. It's hard to do regular site visits due to the pandemic.

ADDED DATE:
2021-06-30 11:12:37

TEAM MEMBERS (10) :
Chief Architect: Yu Ting, Project Architect: Guo Yuchen, Yang Siqi, Zhan Beidi, Project Manager: Pu Shengrui, Design Consultant: Studio Yuda, Design Development: Dai Yunfeng, Wu Xiaoyan, Guo Jianv, Zhao Ruyi (Alignment Studio Shanghai), MEP Consultant: Zhang Minmin, Shi Jianglong, Kuang Jing, Zhu Busen, Hu Lei, Lighting Consultant: Chloe Zhang, Structural Engineering: Yu Junfeng, Project Coordination: Li Sha, Liu Hui and Construction Manager: Luo Zhiyue

IMAGE CREDITS:
CreatAR Images

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Vip.com

PROFILE:
Vip.com (NYSE: VIPS) is an e-commerce platform established in 2008. Pioneering the flash sales model of “selective brand, deep discount, limited offering”, Vip.com covers wide product categories ranging from apparels, shoes & bags, cosmetics, maternal and child products, home goods to foods and more. So far, Vip.com has cooperated with over 30000 brands around the world. In Q2 2021, Vip.com reached annual net revenue of 29.6 billion RMB, with 221.5 million total annual orders and 2.43 million average daily orders. Today, Vip.com records 300 million registered members. Since its IPO on 23rd March, 2012 in the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to 30th Jun. 2021, Vip.com has realized profitability for 35 consecutive quarters. As the world’s largest online discount retailer , Vip.com has established a flash sales model that becomes one of the three major business models in China e-commerce space.

NOMINATION DETAILS

The Satori Harbor Library by Vipshop China Co., Ltd is a Nominee in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

The Satori Harbor Library by Vipshop China Co., Ltd is Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2021 - 2022.



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