BOOK STORE DESIGN
The building is about Mountains and Seas. Since ancient China, people interacted with nature in a delicate way. Chinese Gardens didn’t just duplicate the nature, but abstracted and represented them. The ancient Chinese Gardens did this in big towns, the bookstore surrounded by mountains and seas should do this with more reasons: representing a mountain in wild, representing seas in the shore. We borrow the ancient idea of “miniature plated landscape” to represent the abstract and idea of mountains and seas. The most important function “Book Mountains” of the bookstore is placed in an elevated square “pot”. It leaves the other functions like reception and toilets in the first floor surrounded by full glass and water. An image of “potted landscape” has been formed with an additional “rainbow” like stair jumping into second floor as a path. The “book mountains” are made of three different forms with three different inside reading space. On the top of the tallest reading space, there is an open terrace to overlook the whole area with a cloud like lamp. The color of the whole building is light and colorful. In all, it renders an abstract and idea of contemporary image of “Mountains and Seas”.
This design proposal tried to get away from the model of functionism in architecture, and provides a possible alternative in a visual landscape way.