Fangsuo Bookstore in Chengdu
The location was close to the site of the ancient Daci temple and had historical links to Xuan Zang, a famous monk of the Tang Dynasty. That inspired the designer to draw on the idea of the Secret Scripture Library, a feature of many Buddhist temples. For centuries, scholars sought wisdom in such repositories, for books contain some of mankind's most profound wisdom. The designer wanted to bring that sense of solemnity to a 60,000 square foot basement beneath a new development in the center of the city.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Fangsuo is not fixed to be a store selling books, but a cathedral carrying wisdom, culture, and attitude. Fangsuo gives Chengdu people a place to read, to enjoy the leisure time, and to enrich mind. We hope people realize the importance of respecting the native culture through Fangsuo.
Concrete columns, bookcases in the loft, air bridges, and the elements of vast cosmos represented the image of “Secrete Scripture Library”. It seems all the knowledge in the world are stored in there and waiting to be discovered.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Concrete columns with large cutting surfaces, bookcases in the loft, the air bridge and catwalk across the bookcases, and the elements of vast cosmos, Fangsuo Bookstore represented the image of “Secrete Scripture Library”. It seems all the knowledge in the world are stored in the bookstore and waiting to be discovered.
Within the bookstore people can always find spaces to nuzzle down and read a book, which represent the lifestyle of Sichuan people.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in October 2013 and finished in February 2015, located in Chengdu, Sichuang Province, China
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Use of Technology
Special anti-rust treatment were painted on the black iron which are broadly used in the space. It not only protect the iron but also keep the looking of raw black iron.
The entrance in the outdoor were made of copper and iron. However, rain and air would make corrosion on the surface, but it is the mark of time, the trace of memory.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Total area is about fifty-hundred square meters. And the bookstore is located at the basement. it connects to outside with a futuristic escalator.
Secret Scripture Library, Culture, Buddhism, cosmos
The client has only one request: it had to have Chengdu running through its very core. We found significant historical connections to the site, such as links to Daci Temple and the most famous monks in Buddhism - Xuan Zang of the Tang dynasty.
This research also brought the emotional connection that local people have with “Wo” (a nest, cove or home) and “Bai” (intentional placement or design). People lead a slow-paced and relaxed lifestyle and they love to socialize. Within the city you’ll always find spaces where you can nuzzle down or coffee shops where you can socialize with friends.
In past centuries, the fraction in culture really depressed people in China. The ancient secrete cave built with modern technique, which is a trendy bookstore in function, and you can even feel the sacred atmosphere of the secrete scripture library in ancient history while stand in the store. This encouraging experience to people who are desperate to retrieve the cultural identity in China.
TEAM MEMBERS (4) :
Design Director: Chih-Kang Chu , Designer: Lu Jia , Designer: He Li and Designer: Liu-Zhen Li
Image #1: Photographer Lee Kuo-Min, Fangsuo bookstore, 2015
Image #2: Photographer Lee Kuo-Min, Fangsuo bookstore, 2015
Image #3: Photographer Chu Chih-Kang, Fangsuo bookstore, 2015
Image #4: Photographer Chu Chih-Kang, Fangsuo bookstore, 2015
Image #5: Photographer Chu Chih-Kang, Fangsuo bookstore, 2015
Chu Chih-Kang Space Design Co., Ltd