JUANZONG Books & Cafe / CASE PAVILION
Textual content description supplied by the architects. In 2021, Haikou Metropolis initiated a sequence of cultural tasks titled “Pavilions by the Sea,” geared toward offering residents with interdisciplinary and intellectually participating public leisure areas. As one of many 16 coastal pavilions, “Mountain of the Sky” has develop into the second new city landmark constructed on the northern finish of Haikou Bay. Going through the southwest coast, the Sou Fujimoto Architects crafted an undulating, steady ring-shaped roof with an irregular, curved floor shell construction manufactured from skinny concrete. Invited by Aranya and the operators, Juanzhong Bookstore and Yishan Kids’s Bookstore, we designed an area for studying and rest for the residents of Haikou below this expansive roof.
We aimed to domesticate an summary expertise that blurs the boundaries between inside and exterior, even the sense of time, with heterogeneity and a slight sense of battle not generally present in each day industrial settings. That is supposed to shock and combine the waterscape and rosy hues of Haikou Bay, the municipal gardens, the stream of vacationers, and the collection of imported books, each past and throughout the glass curtain partitions. Regardless of the bodily and non secular weight of books, we nonetheless count on guests to enter this area feeling as if all objects are floating round them, with folks and objects intertwining, layering, and transferring like colleges of fish. The lightest and most joyful colours of nature are captured and juxtaposed with the photographs on the guide covers, fostering a playful forgetfulness of worries.
To protect the panoramic views in all instructions and to adapt to the constructing’s roof, which has vital undulations, we determined towards organising extra partitions, minimizing intervention with the roof and flooring; we developed a sequence of double-sided, non-directional modular furnishings; we revamped and optimized the monitor lighting system for each upward and downward illumination; the bookshelves and show panels are supplied at completely different heights to accommodate each adults and kids and to adapt to go well with the various indoor ceiling heights; in the end, we organized these items of furnishings, show props, and lights to create a free plan structure.
The inside quantity of this uniquely formed constructing is sort of a sea, with the multitude of residents and vacationers transferring like colleges of fish inside it. Impressed by marine life and structural adaptation, the spiral-shaped espresso bar, the fluid-dynamic types of seating, show panels, and bookshelves, in addition to the round lighting tracks, come collectively to kind clean and steady archipelago coral reefs scattered throughout the seabed, responding to the spatial stretch and curvature.
At “The Mountain within the Sky,” we refined and hid spatial design ways, forgoing facade partitions to maximise the preservation of the unique architectural construction and texture. Via the design and association of furnishings and lighting, we information folks’s motion and expertise, thereby emphasizing the pure and environment friendly nature of the area and facilitating an understanding of the terrain and surroundings. This technique makes an attempt a redefinition of the interplay between area and folks from an inside design methodology perspective, the place furnishings is not simply utilitarian objects however instruments that leverage the area, guiding behaviors and interactions.