Gonverge interior design complete a futuristic bookstore

| 12 : 30 – 09 November 2019 |

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Gonverge interior design weave a futuristic yet humanistic space for a new bookstore in Fengdong town in Xi’an district of China.

Located in a district with has rich historical and geographical importance, the library sprawls an area of 3500 sq.mts. Being the first kind of library in an area of 5 kms radius, the designers first researched upon the type of bookstore they could add to the city space. Since libraries are a part of public life, culture and creativity Gonverge interior design studio planned out the reading areas accordingly.

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View of the reading space

White stretched ceilings, walls, glass tubes with holographic displays, handwork desks and lighting create a futuristic spaces for the kids. Whereas reading space for the adults have a modest design features reflecting the spirit of Xi’an. In between the children’s and adult reading spaces, one passes through a multifunctional event space with a striking atrium.

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Futuristic design for children’s reading area

From the Architects ( Gonverge interior design ) – 

Xi’an, the ancient capital of 13 dynasties, features the integration between a civilization of thousands of years and modern lifestyles, which gives the city unique charm. The project E Pang Bookstore is located in Fengdong New Town, Xixian New Area, Xi’an, which is named for the Epang Palace nearby. Fengdong, where the project is situated, used to be the administrative center of Qin Dynasty. Nowadays it has has become a core area in the development blueprint of Xi’an.

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Adult’s reading space

Since there had been no large-scale reading space within 5 km away from site, the project was conceived to fill the blank. The designers tried to figure out what kind of bookstore was needed based on local cultural context and geographic importance of the site.

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Encountering future –

Situated within Fengdong Free Trade Zone, E Pang Bookstore is the first large cultural complex in Xixian New Area, with a total area of 3,500 sqm. More than just a bookstore, it’s endowed with the attribute of a library which also functions as a carrier of public life and urban culture.

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Reading desks

For a city, time is not linear. With time and space interweaving, the kids’ area is given a futuristic sense, which helps to evoke creativity and imagination of new generations.

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Floor plan – Fengdong E Pang Bookstore

The stretch ceilings are integrated with lighting, producing soft and comfortable visual experiences. Besides, suspended ceilings, walls and the floor are finished with cement, with the gray tone creating a sense of layering within the space.

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Stretched ceiling with integrated lighting in children’s area

Glass tubes are combined with 3D holographic display, which adds futuristic scenes and elements to the space. Besides, hand work desks enable kids to learn knowledge in an interactive manner.

Glass tubes with 3D holographic display

Bookshelves, desks, chairs and circulation routes fit into children’s height and reading habits, showing humanized scale. Curved structures combined with horizontal grain result in a striking visual impression. It further strengthens the sense of space and makes the area full of imagination.

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Bookshelves alongside the wall

Dialogue between the past and present – 

Designs of the atrium and adults’ reading area echo local cultural context. As opposed to adopting symbolic design languages and retro style, the designers chose to create a modest and metaphoric overall ambience, so as to fit into the temperament and spirit of Xi’an.

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Multi-functional event space

The atrium functions as literature reading area. It’s characterized by symmetrical designs that highlight a sense of rituality, and the circulation is circled around it. Simple and clean textures make it a pure reading space.

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Central atrium with skylight

The transparent skylight is design highlight in atrium, which allows natural daylight to filter in and produce a peaceful atmosphere. Besides, the modern simplistic lines outline an ideal place for people to be immersed in reading.

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Reading tables along the bookshelves

Connecting with the present – 

Adults’ reading area follows the atrium’s symmetric layout. In this space wood, metal and stone materials forming display details characterized by linear composition. The natural textures of materials are well fused with the simplistic forms of furniture, generating a soft and gentle atmosphere.

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Adult’s reading area and bookstore

For the sake of ensuring compound commercial operations, the bookstore is combined with other business forms. A coffee area is embedded into the space in a low profile, which provides a relaxing space for socialize. In addition, dark green elements are dotted throughout the space, presenting a dynamic visual impression.

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Adult’s reading section


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Coffee area

Mankind has always been fascinated by the unpredictable future while marveling at classics that have withstood the test of time. Such mixed sentiment helps to result in diversified designs of the project, rebuilds the order of time, connects the present and past in an accessible cultural space, and showcases an austere yet striking power.

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Simple relaxing space

Project details –

Project Name – Fengdong E Pang Bookstore

Architect – Gonverge Interior Design | www.gonvergedesign.com

Project Location – Fengdong Free Trade Zone, Fengdong New Town, Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province, China

Project Type – Bookstore, Library

Completion – June 2019

Design team – Han-Sheng Cheng, Xin-Qiang Chen

Area – 3500 sq.m.

Photography Credit – © Weiqi Jin

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