双子座的Wutopia Lab，在思南公馆的α & β
The Gemini α & β at Sinan Mansion
2020年作为双子座的我在思南公馆做了截然不同的两个设计，一动一静自成一组对偶，同时又隐隐与之前的作品思南书局有些许联系，我称他们为双子座的α & β。 (α与思南书局空间相邻，β作为阅读空间在内容上与之相似）
In 2020, as a Gemini, I have made two different designs for Sinan Mansion, one dynamic and one static, which form a set of duplexes of their own, and at the same time, they are slightly related to my previous work Sinan Bookstore. I call them Gemini α & β. (α is adjacent to Sinan Bookstore, and β is similar to it as a reading space in terms of content.)
▼项目概览，project overview ©CreatAR Images
Onmyoji Theme Store Shanghai Flagship Store
Guide Alpha to Demons: Be a Demon for a Day at the Mirage Tower
Wutopia Lab之Mills接到网易委托，在思南公馆23号楼创造一座妖的乐园 ——阴阳师上海旗舰店。妖亦神灵，自古妖的诞生都源于人类对自然的敬畏。《山海经》的妖，多隐藏在山与海自然之中，宫崎骏画笔下的妖则是“城市边缘的精灵”，而如今这只存在于城市的妖，是利用人们熟知的形象，变幻出你熟悉又不熟悉的场景，打破了我们日常被时间和空间限定的场所感。在设计思南书局（思南公馆25号楼）时，我们希望他可以像人一样构建他获取知识发现自我以及世界的系统，在看到对面被浓密的爬山虎包裹住的思南公馆23号楼的那一刻，就决定在思南公馆这个人们熟知的场所里，创造一只城市的妖，与之对偶。
Mills of Wutopia Lab was commissioned by NetEase to create a demon paradise in Building 23 of Sinan Mansion – Onmyoji Shanghai Flagship Store. Demons are also gods and spirits, and have always been born out of human reverence for nature. The demons in “The Book of Mountains and Seas” are often hidden in the mountains and the sea, while the ones in Hayao Miyazaki’s paintings are “spirits at the edge of the city”, but the demons in the city today use familiar images to conjure up scenes that are both familiar and unfamiliar, breaking the sense of place that is limited by time and space. When we designed Sinan Bookstore (Sinan Mansion Building 25), we wanted it to be like a human constructing a system for acquiring knowledge and discovering oneself and the world, and the moment we saw Sinan Mansion Building 23, which was wrapped in a dense reptile, we decided to create a city demon in this familiar place of Sinan Mansion, and to pair it with the demon.
▼从阴阳师旗舰店望向思南书局 ©CreatAR Images
view to the Sinan Bookstore from the Onmyoji Flagship Store
Mirage House was born out of Sinan Mansion 23, the exterior is a four-story house: cobblestone façade, red walls, waistline, slightly poking out of the entrance steps, tall fireplace chimney, in such a familiar Shanghai old house, quietly hidden into the city of a demon – Mirage House. People who come to visit her can get objects derived from the game to reality, and can call friends, eat and drink, everyone comes here, as if into a dream about the monster, different from the daily life, and links the clues that happen in the virtual game, through the Sinan Mansion No. 23 building refracted into reality, using the space to pass to the players or the road who have not played the game.
▼思南公馆23号渲染图，Sinan Mansion 23 – rendering ©
She has three mouths. Different types of visitors, passing through three entrances, are quickly divided into three groups: players, passersby, and gods (demons).
▼三个入口： three entrances ©Wutopia Lab
The entrance to the bottom level is the most hidden entrance, where we hide the player’s treasure. Hidden, just in time to inspire Yangyangshu（Player’s name）to explore, the entrance has a monster house to the left and a hand-me-down wall to the right, with a twister, Daruma and Ibaraki Doji ball (dolls) leading players into the sunken courtyard and into the Yin-yang marketplace. This entrance is difficult to find, and must be reached from the outside road by going around behind the building, but it doesn’t matter; all players seem to possess a treasure map, gathered from everywhere. What’s more interesting: in the process of finding the entrance, they will wander around the Sinan mansion, they will get the wrong house number, they will wander into some bookstore by mistake, they will ask for directions, and they will communicate, which makes the scene more dynamic.
▼通往底层的入口，the entrance to the bottom level ©CreatAR Images
Different from the entrance on the ground floor, the golden entrance to the second floor is the entrance in the afternoon, attracting passers-by who stroll through Sinan Mansions in search of a good time. Originally, this entrance was a landmark of Sinan Mansions, with the unique curved outdoor steps of the old house leading up to the second floor of the building, where every visitor to Sinan Mansions must take a selfie. It has become the golden pathway for Onmyoji to get out of the circle, so we have placed Ping’an Cuisine here to create a starting point of knowing Onmyoji.
▼通往二层的金色入口，the golden entrance to the second floor ©CreatAR Images
The entrance along Fuxing Middle Road is an eye-catching location, providing a stage for the core product of Onmyoji, the gods (the various demon characters in Onmyoji games), to be showcased: when night falls, the translucent red arch, together with the black walls, like a bird’s dwelling, continues down the steps to the indoor staircase, turning into a path to the third floor to become a demon.
▼位置醒目的红色入口，the red entrance ©CreatAR Images
▼半透明红色拱门延续到室内楼梯 ©CreatAR Images
the translucent red arch continues down the steps to the indoor staircase
▼轴测图，axon ©Wutopia Lab
The Hundred Ghosts Market
▼故事场景在镜子中扭曲变形，相互交叠 ©CreatAR Images
all the story scenes distort and deform and overlap each other in the mirrored passageway
▼走廊，corridor ©CreatAR Images
▼天顶细节，ceiling detail ©CreatAR Images
The Hundred Ghosts Market is a player’s paradise, consisting of five parts: seasonal exhibition hall, display window, swirling showcase, peace gallery, and demon house, the Onmyoji Shanghai flagship store brings together the full range of merchandise around the Onmyoji, and the story backgrounds of hundreds of images in the game are turned into design materials for the surrounding products, which naturally creates a sense of unreality when they go from the two-dimensional screen to reality. The mirrors, however, absorb the cats at the door, the surrounding shelves, and the players coming and going into the mirrored passageway, where all the story scenes distort and deform and overlap each other. The bazaar space exists in reality in the form of different display cases, and in another form in the mirror, the mirror’s passage continuously through the entire bazaar, threaded to form a complete mirage building a hundred ghosts bazaar. In the center of the bazaar, the whirlpool display cabinet is like a seal scroll, binding many demon hand-me-downs, and under the water ripple ceiling, it is more and more dreamy.
▼集市中心， the center of the bazaar ©CreatAR Images
The Golden Entrance into the Mirage Building and through a continuous passage of light will lead you to the food paradise, the Demon Canteen. Food becomes a new way for people without gaming experience to get to know Onmyoji. Day canteen, night bar, the space consists of bar, lobby, themed booths, symbols representing different monsters, through redesign, quietly become part of the design, hidden on the liquor cabinet, in the grid, on the cutlery, decorating many pieces of Onmyoji in the present space, these small thoughts, are eggs for the player, as well as the key to open the door of the new world to passersby.
▼食堂入口处，entrance to the canteen ©CreatAR Images
▼妖怪食堂，the Demon Canteen ©CreatAR Images
The passageway and the main hall are separated by a bamboo grille, through which you can peek into the bamboo chandelier peeking out from the wood-grain wave ceiling, the main hall space is at the heart of the space, naturally formed by borrowing different interfaces to enclose it, the bar, the bamboo forest, the passageway, and the wooden doors in the original building’s interior become the four interfaces of the main hall, plus the slightly changing wood-grain wave ceiling at the top, which closes the entire space completely.
▼通道，the passageway ©CreatAR Images
▼楼梯和竹林格栅，staircase and bamboo grille ©CreatAR Images
▼主厅，the main hall ©CreatAR Images
The themed private rooms, where the demon element also lurks with restraint, and the Onikiri private rooms, enclosed by light soft partitions, with Genji symbols embedded in the walls, allow only the attentive player to read the knife marks on the tabletop. The deepest part of the Ootengu booth, surrounded by card holders, is sunny, and occasionally you’ll have an unexpected encounter with your favorite style god.
▼主题包间，the themed private rooms ©CreatAR Images
▼黑色通道，black passages ©CreatAR Images
The third floor of the Infinite Ping’anjing is a celebration playground for players of the Onmyoji, during which you can receive invitations to celebrations in the Mirage Building by making reservations through a small application. In addition to operating as a restaurant on weekdays, the space needs to accommodate multi-functional use such as painting exhibitions, eSports battles, stage performances, new product releases, movie premieres, small theaters, and craft workshops.
Here, we needed both long and narrow corridor space, as well as open and bright event space, forming a spatial model of a small Infinity City wrapped in a set of black passages. The Infinite Ping’anjing, to which the black passageways are linked, hides a story in each of the niches on the walls, while the inverted hut at the top, with the ukiyo-e of a hundred ghosts under the eaves. The façade setting of the entire space becomes positive due to the reflection of the mirrored ceiling, and in this topsy-turvy, true or false space, human or demon is no longer so important, immersed in the small world created by the mirage building.
▼黑色通道所联系的无限平安京，the Infinite Ping’anjing linked with the black passageways ©CreatAR Images
▼镜面吊顶，the mirrored ceiling ©CreatAR Images
The Hiding Attic
▼阁楼密室入口处，entry way to the attic ©CreatAR Images
The Attic is a hidden corner of the Mirage building, a secret room where the demons meet, the entrance door hidden within one of the walls of the black passageway. It’s also perfect for solitude, where time slows down as the light from the skylights illuminates the pale golden room. There is a passage to the terrace in the secret room, the entrance to the courtyard, and the landscape hides the small geisha and darumas, bamboo kake, and landscape, and this is the airy courtyard of the mirage building. The first main scene in the Onmyoji game is one such courtyard, at the top of the mirage building and the end of the whole design, back to where the story originally began, and this is again like the fourth entrance to the mirage building, where those stories of Onmyoji come from the courtyard, through the various intricate passages in the mirage building and out into the real world.
▼阁楼密室内部，in the attic room ©CreatAR Images
▼通往庭院的门，way to the courtyard ©CreatAR Images
Out of the mirage building
The emotions and events in the paradise became the mirage building’s nourishment to keep her growing. From the courtyard, overlooking the inner streets of the Sinan Mansion, with temple tents set up around the building and crowds of people coming and going to participate, the sphere of influence is quietly expanding beyond the mirage building.
▼思南公馆立面，Sinan Mansion facade ©CreatAR Images
The “Onmyoji” has gone from online to offline “mirage building”, an unorthodox reverse operation, and we see a new trend. Faced with such a new and challenging mode, as an architect, I couldn’t reject. The game world into the reality of the matter itself, full of magic reality temptation, mirage building is only one of the forms of expression, her dream, into our real world, our dream will be hosted to where, the demon world door has been opened, a new era is coming. We also welcome you to the mirage building, to find out.
▼一层平面图，first floor plan ©Wutopia Lab
▼二层平面图，second floor plan ©Wutopia Lab
▼三层平面图，third floor plan ©Wutopia Lab
▼四层平面图，fourth floor plan ©Wutopia Lab
Sinan Literature House
505 Fuxing Middle Road became an important branch venue of Shanghai Book Fair and Shanghai International Literature Week in the summer of 2013. On August 12 of the same year, the famous writer and Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan inscribed the “Sinan Literature House” plaque, which is now hanging at the entrance.
▼视频，video ©CreatAR Images
Although the seven days of “Literature Week” are fleeting, the mission of this old house does not stop here. On February 15, 2014, “Sinan Book Club” and “Sinan Book Collection” were formally established. After that, a series of cultural brands such as “DocuSinan”, “Sinan Art Appreciation Club” and “Modern Sinan” were successively created here. Presenting with diversified cultural for citizens, the Sinan Literature House has become a cultural landmark and welfare platform of Shanghai, which also become a lifestyle among all book lovers.
▼思南文学之家，Sinan Literature House ©CreatAR Images
Sinan Mansion invites Wutopia Mills to upgrade the first floor of Building 2, Sinan Mansion, 505 Fuxing Middle Road. When they invited us to design the Literature House, the designers were thinking about the concept of “home”, in any case, home is the last physical and spiritual space to comfort us. Therefore, as the carrier of literature, Sinan Literature House is the spiritual home of Shanghai literature lovers and the living room for all literature lovers in the world.
▼世界文学爱好者的客厅，the living room for all literature lovers in the world ©CreatAR Images
▼动态轴测图，axon gif. ©Wutopia Lab
The entrance of Sinan Literature House is on the right side of the building’s porch. First is an art hall where some art paintings will be displayed. Through the art hall, it’s the living room of Sinan Literature House. The living room is an important public part with flexible space for reading clubs, seminars and salon activities. On the left side of the living room is the library space, which also can be used as a book signing or rest area for important guests.
▼艺术门厅，art hall ©CreatAR Images
▼从客厅望向图书馆，view to the library from the living room ©CreatAR Images
▼图书馆，library ©CreatAR Images
The history of Shanghai and Sinan are connected through the phoenix leaves pattern on the wall. People walking here forms a picture of the changing leaves falling. The door of the porch is inlaid with blue glasses. When the sunlight come in, the blue light adds a color to the space and echoes the outdoor sky.
▼门廊处大门上镶嵌了蓝色的玻璃，the door of the porch is inlaid with blue glasses ©CreatAR Images
▼墙面的梧桐叶， the phoenix leaves pattern on the wall ©CreatAR Images
Because of “home”, the design team choses lake green -the most important home color in a certain period in Shanghai- to express an emotion that whether rich or poor, literature will help us understand complex things, enrich our lives, make us more humanity, expand our minds and comfort us.
▼室内细节，interior details ©CreatAR Images
▼平面图，plan ©Wutopia Lab
▼视觉设计，visual design ©Wutopia Lab
Project Name: Onmyoji Theme Store Shanghai Flagship Store
Design company: Wutopia Lab · Mills
Architect: Yu Ting
General Architect：A Tu
Design Team: Zhou Kuang, Ziheng Li, Nan Xu (Intern)
Lighting Consultant: Chen Lu Zhang
Construction plan deepening team: Shanghai c-yuspace Design Co., Ltd
Construction unit：Ally Architectural Decoration Engineering Jiangsu Co., Ltd
Set Designer: Shanghai Xingzhiye PR Consultant Co., Ltd
Architectural photography by CreatAR Images
Address: 515 Fuxing Middle Road, Shanghai, China
Design Time: 2020.1
Project name: Sinan Literature House
Design Firm: Wutopia Lab·Mills
Chief Architect: YU Ting
Project Architect: LIN Chen
Project Manager: PU Shengrui
Design Team: WANG Lei, FENG Zixiang
Design Consultant: TOPOS DESIGN (Xiuzi, CHEN Siyu)
Graphic Design：SHUN DESIGN
Lighting Consultant: ZHANG Chenlu, FAN Wanying
Photography: CreatAR Images
Client: Shanghai Sinan Mansion Business Management Co., Ltd.
Construction: Shanghai Residential Group
Building Area: 280m2
Project Location: Shanghai, China
Design time: 2020.7 to 2020.8
Construction time: 2020.8 to 2020.9