Library Home By Atelier TAO+C

A space inhabited with serenity by books, object and men was inscribed.

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I.S.S Normandy Apartments is one of the earliest high-rise residential apartment in Shanghai designed by the Hungarian-Slovak architect László Hudec. Atelier TAO+C was commissioned to renovate a small flat on the top floor of the building. There is a 12-meter long terrace on north-west side of the flat overlooking the cityscape of the French concession.

▼被改造的建筑外貌,view of the building

▼狭长的室外露台,the long terrance


Different from the conventional organization of a home which celebrate a living room and bedroom as the main space in China, the proposal calls for the perception of space that break the usual patterns of domesticity – study room as the engine place of everyday life.The existing structures and concrete façade was kept intact and exposed while all interior partitions were tear down, result in an open and wall-less layout break the boundary between rooms. The architect inserted a dominating oak bookshelves from floor to ceiling into the flat. The bedroom and living room is allocated around and beneath the bookshelves and cease to delimit their own borders. When the slender bronze framed glass doors opened entirely, the whole place become one study or a home library.

▼客厅立面装饰书架,living room with book shelves

▼客厅与卧室以玻璃门相隔,living room and bedroom are divided by glass door







React to the diagonal line of the bookshelves and the envelope of building, a small elevated attic along the corner was introduced to break down the he homogenous space of a flat level. a narrow set of stairs brings you to a small mezzanine level on which the inhabitants saw the bare concrete beams with the consciousness of under the protection of the roof. On one side full of bookshelves, the other side, the sight saw through a light bronze mesh handrail, looked down to the whole ground floor.There are many levels of reading spaces and the corners of meditating, and layers of seeing and to be seen. Surrounded by the bookshelves, a space inhabited with serenity by books, object and men was inscribed.

▼阁楼台阶,stairs to the mezzanine

▼阁楼,the mezzanine


▼阁楼可以俯瞰室内全景,from the mezzanine to view the full floor

▼私人读书空间,private reading space


“Lastly, we always go up the attic stairs, which are steeper and more primitive. For they bear the mark of ascension to a more tranquil solitude.”——Gaston Bachelard <The Poetics of Space>




设计师: Atelier TAO+C
材料: 橡木地板 (floor),烟熏橡木(bookshelves),定制铜框(metal frame),白色大理石(bathroom),铜色金属网(railing),清玻璃
五金: 水盆- Duravit,五金龙头 -Donbracht,橱柜衣柜- ole
灯具: Kreon / Flos / TIWU
设计团队:刘涛,蔡春燕,思思,王倩娟,韩立慧 Project Name: library home
Site Address: Huaihai Road, Shanghai, China
Project Type: Residential – apartment
Designer: Atelier TAO+C
Completion Date: May 2017
Design Period: April 2016 – October 2016
Gross square footage: 95 sqm
Architectural –materials:Oak Timber Floor, Smoked Oak, Custom Blackened Bronze, White Marble, Bronze mesh, Clear Glass
Architectural – Fixtures & Fittings: Sinks(Duravit),Fittings(Donbracht), Kitchen / wardrobe(ole)
Decorative Lighting, Specified: Kreon / Flos / TIWU
Interiors – Furniture, Specified: B&B / Fritz Hansen / STELLAR WORKS / HAY / DEDON / CAMERICH / EDIMASS
Design Team: Tao Liu,Cai Chun Yan, SISI, Yoyo Wang, Han Li Hui

Ÿ photography 摄影师:
Santiago Barrio :
bathroom 1 /bathroom door /bookshelves / dining /glass door / handrail and bookshelves / street view

Shen Zhong Hai 沈忠海:
bathroom 2/mezzanine 2 /mezzanine 3 /open space 0/open space 1/open space 2 /open space 3/open space 3 / staircase / terrace/vestibule

SISI: mezzanine 1

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