Even in Beijing’s winterfell, people’s enthusiasm for the renewal of old city has never diminished. In Xian Yu Kou District, there are several Hutongs interspersed with a newly built river, the evergreen plants and the cobblestone path look particularly clear and bright. The Spring Whispers Book Club, which is the first domestic magazine library, is located in a traditional three-room house presented with public functions after the new overall planning of the neighborhood. Through reusing this place, the founders and FON Studio hope to give a new spatial experience to those who still enjoy paper reading and journals in terms of artistic design, movies and music.
As a renovation project, the main focus is to balance the relationship between feature of quaint building with the newly-added element so that the interior space continues naturally into outdoor space. Since the original wooden structure fell into disrepair, some parts have already crooked and damaged. But it is still solidly available after the simple reinforcement and restoration. As the new structural material, teak was constructed with steel structure in selected original frame to maintain the integrity of spatial structure.
▼沿河的立面用节奏较为舒缓的矩形体块排布开来，some soothing rectangular blocks are spreaded out in the facade along the river
▼青石、绿地与空间相连接，interface between stone and grass
▼西侧格栅折叠窗回应了传统的装饰语言，the grille folding window in the west side responses to the traditional decoration’s language
▼立面近景，a shot of the facade
With the connection of gray terrazzo, some soothing rectangular blocks are spreaded out in the facade along the river. Among these, the main entrance is linked with bar area, and combining them in a box space inserted into the original room can realise a concise and clear division of function. A big worktable designed for book display, reading and discussion is placed beside the glass window, readers can enjoy sunshine and the view of river and weeping willows outside when staying here. In the west side, the grille folding window is designed for the summer shading as well as cleverly responses to the traditional decoration’s language.
▼树影下的小屋，the cottage under the shadow
The display of classified books is the prelude of reading. After getting inside, people’s visual focus is transferred naturally to the bookshelf area, because the combination of light white steel and wooden box is particularly eye-catching, and a variety of books and magazines in different sizes of frame are presented to readers. Designers purpose to create a relaxed and orderly experience in this limited space, so that readers can find a suitable space for pacing, daze and concentration. In the bar&table area, sunshine spread on the fingertips through vertical grilles and a long window and flowing in different materials.
▼通透的空间格局，the permeability of interior pattern
▼铺洒在室内的阳光，the interior bathed in sunlight
▼夜幕下的室内灯光，lighting at night
▼西侧长条窗，ribbon window on the west side
▼格栅外若隐若现的景别，view through the grille
▼阳光挤进木窗，the sunlight squeezed into the grille window
▼落地窗前明净的视野，open view from french window
The Spring Whispers Book Club is founders’ ideal place, because the charm of reading makes us always passionate about it. A dialogue among the reader, book and space has quietly started in this riverside cottage.
▼桌面上的刊物，magazines on the reading desk
委 托 方 ： 春风习习读书会
设计团队： 金波安 李泓臻 罗霜华 欧阳彦权
Project Name: Spring Whispers Book Club -Transformation of A Riverside Cottage
Location: Changxiang 5th lane Dongcheng District ,Beijing, China
Client: Spring Whispers Book Club
Design Firm: FON STUDIO
Project Team: Jin Boan Li Hongzhen Luo Shuanghua Ouyang Yanquan
Project Area: 70 ㎡