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MUDA-Architects Wins "The Most Beautiful Bookstore in Chengdu" Competition

With 486 applicants and 249 conceptual plans received, MUDA-Architects stood out from the 20 finalists and won the first prize in "The Most Beautiful Bookstore in Chengdu" competition. The competition was sponsored by the Chengdu Tianfu New Area Investment Group, China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute, and co-sponsored by Chengdu Yi Zhu Yi Shi Culture Communication Ltd.

Courtesy of MUDA-Architects Courtesy of MUDA-Architects Courtesy of MUDA-Architects Courtesy of MUDA-Architects + 18

Space 4 Architecture's Proposed Bookstore in Chengdu, China Embodies Floating Water Lilies

Aerial View. Image Courtesy of Space4Architecture
Aerial View. Image Courtesy of Space4Architecture

Space 4 Architecture's (S4A) proposal for a bookstore in Chengdu, China reflects the poetic beauty of floating lilies on water. The architects describe the project as a “permeable cultural container” that allows and encourages visitor interaction with the surrounding landscape. The design consists of a series of indoor and outdoor spaces that weave together a gentle intervention that mirrors and enhances the natural scenery it sits within.

Entry View. Image Courtesy of Space4Architecture Deck View. Image Courtesy of Space4Architecture Interior View. Image Courtesy of Space4Architecture Plans. Image Courtesy of Space4Architecture + 9

Longshang Books Cafe / atelier mearc

Façade. Image © Shan Liang Window. Image © Shan Liang Arch. Image © Shan Liang Arch Wall. Image © Shan Liang + 23

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Xuhui, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project atelier mearc
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

Xi’an Zhongshu Bookstore / Wutopia Lab

© CreatAR Images © CreatAR Images © CreatAR Images © CreatAR Images + 30

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Xian Shi, China
  • Interiors Designers Authors of this architecture project Wutopia Lab
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

Call Me MOSAIC Bookstore / TurtleHill

© Jason Guo © Jason Guo © Jason Guo © Jason Guo + 30

Guangzhou, China
  • Interiors Designers Authors of this architecture project TurtleHill
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

Yanjiyou Bookstore / Karv One

© Dick.L © Dick.L © Dick.L © Dick.L + 34

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Hangzhou, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Karv One
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

Atelier Global Wins Competition to Design 'Book City' in Shenzhen

Atelier Global has been announced as the winners of a competition for the architectural and interior design of 'Shenzhen Book City,' a library and public gathering space located at the heart of the Long Hua arts district, becoming a part of the greater contemporary and historic fabric of art centers, public parks and urban typologies.

Interactive platform. Image Courtesy of Atelier Global Sunken Garden. Image Courtesy of Atelier Global Aerial view from Longhua Cultural Square. Image Courtesy of Atelier Global Multi-functional exhibition space. Image Courtesy of Atelier Global + 34

Zhongshuge Bookstore / X+Living

Lecture Hall. Image © Feng Shao Reading Area. Image © Feng Shao Reading Area. Image © Feng Shao Lecture Hall. Image © Feng Shao + 28

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Chengdu, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project X+Living
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

Zhongshuge Bookstore / Li Xiang

© Shao Feng © Shao Feng © Shao Feng © Shao Feng + 27

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Shanghai, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Li Xiang
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2016

Yangzhou Zhongshuge / Li Xiang

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Yangzhou, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Li Xiang
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2016

Reedom Bookstore / Cao Pu

© Zhang Zheming © Zhang Zheming © Zhang Zheming © Zhang Zheming + 26

Store  · 
Changsha, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Cao Pu
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2016

Livraria da Vila / Isay Weinfeld

Frontal view © Leonardo Finotti
Frontal view © Leonardo Finotti

Brazilian architecture has produced interesting works in the business/retail area, often limited to just interior design. Recent works by Marcio Kogan, Marcelo Alvarango or Tao Arquitetura are good examples of a tradition that, in my personal opinion, has a peak at Mendes da Rocha’s Forma store in Sao Paulo. If you ever go to Sao Paulo to visit local architecture, don´t be afraid of your girlfriend/wife taking you to shopping, there´s lots to see there.

Leonardo Finotti shared with us an interesting project by local architect Isay Weinfeld that is up to this brazilian standard, the Libraria da Vila bookstore in Sao Paulo. An hermetic volume with a pivoting book facade contains an interesting space filled with books distributed over 3 levels as you can see on the photos: