Xi’an, the ancient capital of 13 dynasties, features the integration between a civilization of thousands of years and modern lifestyles, which gives the city unique charm.The project E Pang Bookstore is located in Fengdong New Town, Xixian New Area, Xi’an, which is named for the Epang Palace nearby. Fengdong, where the project is situated, used to be the administrative center of Qin Dynasty, and nowadays has become a core area in the development blueprint of Xi’an.Since there had been no large-scale reading space within 5 km away from the site, the project was conceived to fill the blank. The designers tried to figure out what kind of bookstore was needed based on local cultural context and geographic importance of the site.
▼儿童专区概览，overview of the children section
▼全息3D展示玻璃管强化了未来场景元素，glass tubes are combined with 3D holographic display, which adds futuristic scenes and elements to the space
▼儿童手作区，hand work area
▼整个空间运用软膜天花照明，the stretch ceilings are integrated with lighting
▼水平肌理与流线形体带来巨大的视觉冲击，curved structures combined with horizontal grain result in a striking visual impression
Situated within Fengdong Free Trade Zone, E Pang Bookstore is the first large cultural complex in Xixian New Area, with a total area of 3,500 sqm. More than just a bookstore, it’s endowed with the attribute of a library, which also functions as a carrier of public life and urban culture. For a city, time is not linear. With time and space interweaving, the kids’ area is given a futuristic sense, which helps to evoke creativity and imagination of new generations. The stretch ceilings are integrated with lighting, producing soft and comfortable visual experiences. Besides, suspended ceilings, walls and the floor are finished with cement, with the gray tone creating a sense of layering within the space. Glass tubes are combined with 3D holographic display, which adds futuristic scenes and elements to the space. Besides, hand work desks enable kids to learn knowledge in an interactive manner. Bookshelves, desks, chairs and circulation routes fit into children’s height and reading habits, showing humanized scale. Curved structures combined with horizontal grain result in a striking visual impression, which strengthens the sense of space and makes the area full of imagination.
▼儿童阅读区，children reading area
▼符合儿童身高和浏览习惯的书架、桌椅，bookshelves, desks, chairs and circulation routes fit into children’s height
今古对话|Dialogue between the past and present
Designs of the atrium and adults’ reading area echo local cultural context. As opposed to adopting symbolic design languages and retro style, the designers chose to create a modest and metaphoric overall ambience, so as to fit into the temperament and spirit of Xi’an. The atrium functions as literature reading area. It’s characterized by symmetrical designs that highlight a sense of rituality, and the circulation is circled around it. Simple and clean textures make it a pure reading space. The transparent skylight is the design highlight in the atrium, which allows natural daylight to filter in and produce a peaceful atmosphere. Besides, the modern simplistic lines outline an ideal place for people to be immersed in reading.
▼透明天窗利用自然天光渲染静谧的环境色调，the transparent skylight allows natural daylight to filter in and produce a peaceful atmosphere
▼将阿房宫赋中的华美殿堂淬炼为当代的极简线条，the modern simplistic lines outline an ideal place for people to be immersed in reading
▼中庭外围绕阅读桌椅，the reading table around the atrium
▼交通流线围绕中庭布置，the circulation is circled around it
连系当下|Connecting with the present
Adults’ reading area follows the atrium’s symmetric layout, with wood, metal and stone materials forming display details characterized by linear composition. The natural textures of materials are well fused with the simplistic forms of furniture, generating a soft and gentle atmosphere. For the sake of ensuring compound commercial operations, the bookstore is combined with other business forms. A coffee area is embedded into the space in a low profile, which provides a relaxing space for socialize. In addition, dark green elements are dotted throughout the space, presenting a dynamic visual impression. Mankind has always been fascinated by the unpredictable future while marveling at classics that have withstood the test of time. Such mixed sentiment helps to result in diversified designs of the project, rebuilds the order of time, connects the present and past in an accessible cultural space, and showcases an austere yet striking power.
▼成人阅读区，Adults’ reading area
Project name: Fengdong E Pang Bookstore
Project location: Fengdong Free Trade Zone, Fengdong New Town, Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province, China
Project area: 3500 sqm
Design firm: Gonverge Interior Design (https://www.gonvergedesign.com/)
Designers: Han-Sheng Cheng, Xin-Qiang Chen
Completion time: 2019.06
Photographer: Weiqi Jin