Today's Qingcun Ancient Town still retains its charm. There are many ancient stone bridges on the river, including the Nan Hong Bridge built in 1692 and the Yong Shou Bridge built in Qing Dynasty. The residences on both sides of the river are well preserved, including the Sima Residence of Zhang Bi and his sons built in Ming Dynasty and the Temple of Wealth. With the ancient bridges, courtyards, stilted buildings, teahouses, book gardens and local snacks, Qingcun Ancient Town is full of unique characteristics of Jiangnan water town. In 2004, Qingcun Ancient Town was listed as a preservative area of Shanghai historical landscape.
On the other hand, China Publishing Bookstore, from the industry insiders' perspective, has its unique advantage as a publisher’s bookstore.
The bookstore is built to provide considerate reading service for the readers. We hope to achieve the sustainable development of "publishing +" and "culture +" reading space through the combination of “reading + culture + activities + services”. Therefore, to integrate into the local culture and create a new city symbol is our focus of the design.
Based on the fantastic combination of the China Publishing Bookstore and Qingcun Ancient Town, we introduced two different design concepts into the two floors:
The concept of 1F is the Bookstore of Watertown.
We have incorporated elements of historic watertown and the culture of China Publishing into our design. The combination of both new commercial concepts and the historical landscape makes the bookstore a symbol of the area’s unique culture.
Watertown, in most people’s memory, is a delightful place to wander and linger with winding waterways and roadways intertwined. The central passageway on the first floor, divides the space into two areas, respectively set for movement and silence. By enclosing the bookshelves and furniture, we recreate the pattern of the remembered watertown, and a psychedelic spatial experience in it.
The movable bookshelves also retain more flexibility of the space for different future demands.
We hope that through our design, the bookstore will become a cultural community, a comfortable experience space, and a humanistic symbol of the city.