Guiyang Zhongshuge Bookstore, the bookcase that surrounds you endlessly

Guiyang Zhongshuge Bookstore, the bookcase that surrounds you endlessly

Giulia Guido · 5 months ago · Design

We’ve already talked about the Chinese studio x+living and the library that looks like a work of Escher and today we’re back to talk about it because we found another library worthy of note. It’s called Guiyang Zhongshuge Bookstore and it’s in yen shang fang zhou, China. The entrance gives onto the square of a shopping center and from the outside, everything seems normal, the magic is enclosed within. 

The architects thought of creating a place that would start from the culture and importance of books and transform them into a sensory experience. As soon as you enter, you find yourself in a corridor, the highlight of the bookcase, which looks like a tunnel and completely envelops the visitor. The walls and ceiling are covered with shelves and books and the floor is mirrored, creating an optical illusion that transforms the room into an immersive installation. 

The corridor leads to intimate and isolated study rooms, perfect for finding all the concentration and silence necessary for reading. Here, too, the ceiling and mirror floor lengthen the bookcases to infinity, making the space seem much larger. 

The library ends with a monumental conference room and a children’s area consisting of a quiet, white room. 

Discover the beauty of the Guiyang Zhongshuge Bookstore in our gallery. 

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Loong Swim Club, multifunctional space for children and adults

Loong Swim Club, multifunctional space for children and adults

Collater.al Contributors · 5 months ago · Design

It’s owned by X+Living – an architectural design studio in Shanghai, the swimming and recreational club designed for children and parents, called “Loong Swim Club” in Suzhou, China. The pastel-coloured spaces and caricatured and even slightly pop fantasy geometries create environments worthy of a dream in every room.

Having studied their target audience – children, parents and babies all sharing the same areas – the team of designers took into account the habits and behaviors of all groups. The club was divided into five main functional areas, all flowing from one space to another through a fantastic narrative.

A whale jumping out of the water welcomes the client at the entrance of the building, at the reception. From the ship-shaped desk and an arched lace representing a wave that pushes it to the shoe changing area and then to the reading room – it includes a series of curved seats or sofas to sit in moments of relaxation. Children are stimulated to read through a polka dot carpet and round lampshades that look like fountains of water directed towards the sky. On the left and right, parents have access to the pool and restaurant.

The first is surrounded by round arches and lanterns, coloured in pastel pink, which contrast with the blue of the water, it feels like being in Eden. The window between the pool and the parents’ area plays a key role in the space because it allows parents to watch their children swim and children to feel safe. Huge flower chandeliers adorn the toilet.

The ‘castle of egg shells’ – almost like open Fabergè eggs – is the heart of the restaurant. It challenges the senses of space and place, dimensions, heights and playful geometries. The mirrored ceiling gives the room a sense of infinity, reflecting the giant polka dot floors and the super-colored interior. Children can enter or climb on the eggs and then play freely within the space, while parents can enjoy a meal. The fairytale shapes are reminiscent of the set of Alice in Wonderland or The Chocolate Factory.

Text by Elisa Scotti

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Stray Bird Boutique Hotel in the Tennger Desert

Stray Bird Boutique Hotel in the Tennger Desert

Collater.al Contributors · 5 months ago · Design

Located in the Tennger desert, Studio QI has designed the Stray Bird Boutique Hotel as a place of relaxation and leisure. Located just 10 meters from the Yellow River, the project was developed to create a series of ecological and airy structures in response to the surrounding natural landscape. High quality prefabricated structures were used and as a result the spaces immerse tourists in a beautiful Chinese oasis.

The hotel was developed by QI as a series of individual units quite far apart, allowing guests to have as personal an experience as possible. The core of these modules is: sitting, standing and sleeping. Thanks to the large windows that make up the architecture, the areas are all visually connected. Users are able to see 360 degrees of what is going on around them, looking from one side of the surrounding desert landscape to the other, and take long walks along the river bank.

Given the transport difficulties, the structures have a steel body of 14 x 4.5 meters. Externally, the modules face the landscape through an entrance bridge and a front terrace. The interiors are spacious, minimalist and essential. The bathroom divides the living area from the sleeping area. The furniture is slim, in dark wood, with washbasins and a bathtub – located in the room – in white stoneware. The finishes are of high quality and guarantee an all-round luxury experience.

On the rear facade, privacy is guaranteed by the insertion of a perforated metal cladding. These prefabricated metal panels allow continuous communication between interior and exterior through light and shadow, in line with the concept of the project. The interplay between transparency and light, between architecture and nature, allows hotel guests to immerse themselves in the great ethereal landscape.

Text by Elisa Scotti

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Architerror. An Instagram profile of big mistakes

Architerror. An Instagram profile of big mistakes

Collater.al Contributors · 5 months ago · Design

There are millions of architectural platforms by now. Millions! Every day in our endless scrolling on Instagram, in our ”Home” or in our “Explore” tool, we see beautiful and perfect architecture or maybe some special apartment with a very good interior design, maybe the face of the Archi- star that designed the new Tower in Manhattan or the new concrete house in Tokyo by a famous Japanese architect. Are you tired of so much beauty? Is that a bit boring? Are you looking for a new architectural wave? Well, Architerror is the solution for you.

We say stop to symmetry, beauty, proportion and yes to weirdo things: a church that looks like Jesus, a facade full of LV by Louis Vuitton marks and many more. Buildings that have an animal or human shapes, impossible and bandy windows, the revival of the Roman Greek style: everything! Architerror is a melting pot of weirdo architectural things. If you are tired of the usual Instagram profiles of architecture, this is the one for you.

Text by Bianca Felicori

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Nendo and the marble that melts on itself

Nendo and the marble that melts on itself

Collater.al Contributors · 5 months ago · Design

If marble is a hard and smooth limestone material, the project born from the collaboration between the japanese Studio Nendo and Marsotto Edizioni aims to discuss its compositional characteristics.

The result is a collection of linear and sharp-edged furniture, pedestals, platforms with rounded edges and surfaces that melt like wax or ripple like water. The objects seem to sink into pools of water, melting and transforming into them.

Nendo is synonymous with innovation and inconsuetude, and these two key words also dominate this project.

Text by Elisa Scotti

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