| 15 : 00 – 7 March, 2018 |
Inspired by the Granary shed in Somerset, Dongqi Architects design a 3 storey high pop-up bookshop for the famous publishers Hauser & Wirth in Shanghai.
Located within Modern Eye – a flagship bookstore in central Shanghai, the pavilion bookshop made from stainless and oak features a unique sloped roof framing. The pop-up installation was a part of the Shanghai art week which wrapped up in January 2018. Designed to showcase over 100 books, catalogues and monographs of various artists, the distinctive installation represented the 18th century farm buildings which were used to store reaped grains.
Aerial view of the bookstore
From the Architects –
Dongqi Architects designed the Hauser & Wirth Publishers’ pop-up bookshop located within Modern Eye, the art space of Modern Media Group in central Shanghai. The pavilion is assembled in the 3-story-high space facing the main entrance to communicate the ethos of Hauser & Wirth by showcasing H&W publications, selected artist products and the story of the Hauser & Wirth gallery and farm in Somerset, England.
Book displayed within the pavilion
Steel and oak wood framing
Traditionally used to store grain reaped from the land, and to protect it from the elements, the Granary Shed concept at Modern Eye has been reinterpreted. To echo the grain stores’ simple shape and form within the bookstore space, on the one side array oak columns while mirror-finished stainless steel columns on the other side.
Stainless steel frames
The columns rise up to 3.5 meters high and then tilt as sloped roof until interposing with each other on the rooftop. 3mm-thick mirror-finished stainless steel sheets spacing 400mm, serving as bookshelves interpose with the columns.
The steel sheets horizontally bind up with the columns and help to stabilize the whole structural system. The stairs and platform are designed to be interposed with the main structure.
Arrangement of the bookstore
Plants lined up near the shelves
Native plants to showcase landscape of England
Grasses and flowers are planted on the two existing tables to illustrate the landscape of Durslade farm in Somerset, England. The mirrored stainless steel sheets reflect the surroundings and merge into the space, which contrast with the material of oak. Meanwhile, display the different views and details of books through multiple reflections. Dialogue between void and solid, finite and infinite runs through the whole concept of the pop-up bookshop.
Mirror finish reflects the plants
Approach way to the bookshop
The concept of the structure creates dialogue between reality and virtuality, tangibility and imagination, nature and civilisation, precision and infinity.
Project details –
Project Name – Hauser & Wirth Pop-up Bookshop
Location – Modern eye bookstore, Bridge 8, Jianguo Middle Road, Shanghai, China
Architect Firm – Dongqi Architects | www.dong-qi.net
Lead Architect – Jiang Nan, Yiting Ma, Wenyi Han
Design Team – Yiting Ma, Wenyi Han
Client name – Hauser & Wirth
Photography Credits – © Raitt Liu
Sketches/Floor plans – © Dongqi Architects
Completion Year – 2017
Built Up Area – 30 sq. mt.
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