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Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Fangsuo Book Store in Chengdu, China by Chu Chih-Kang Space Design Co. Ltd

 
April 1st, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Chu Chih-Kang Space Design Co. Ltd

Sutra Depository

Taiwanese designer Chih-Kang Chu was inspired by the history of Xuanzhang, a famous Chinese Buddhist monk in Tang dynasty; he resided and practiced Buddhism in Daci Temple before he went on a spiritual journey to India. Fangsuo Book Store is located at the underground level of the commercial streets, which surrounds the Daci Temple. Therefore he had a bold idea of creating a modern underground “Sutra Depository”. Sutra depository is a private place to store all kinds of knowledge, such as books, sutras, and letters in ancient China. Many raw materials and techniques were used to resemble the scene of an ancient sutra depository, for example, concrete columns with large cutting surfaces, bookcases in the loft, the bridge and catwalk across the bookcases.

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

  • Designer: Chu Chih-Kang Space Design Co. Ltd
  • Project: Fangsuo Book Store in Chengdu
  • Location: No.8, Middle Section of Shamaojie, Chunxi Road, Jingjiang District  (also known as Chengdu Taigu Alley), Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China.
  • Photography: Chih-Kang Chu
  • Software used: CAD and 3D Max
  • Year: Oct. 2013 – Feb. 2015
  • Collaborators: Fangsuo Culture Development Co., Ltd.
  • Area: 5280 square meteres
  • Manufacturer/ Supplier: Hao Guan Furniture (Shang Hai) Co., Ltd / Shanghai YueQun Metal Decoration and Construction Co., Ltd
  • Material: Concrete, terrazzo, copper, wood

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Legend:

Chih-Kang Chu thinks the bookstore should embody the concept of human history, culture, and wisdom; and it should embrace the past and unknown future with a grand vision. He used the elements of planet diagram and constellation, and a sculpture of ark in the form of a meteorite to visualize this idea. He wants to create a gateway leading to a sacred and unknown world, just like a ‘Legend’ forever.

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Cathedral

Chih-Kang Chu used a lot of high-pressure-release design techniques: just imagine in a cave, after walking through a secrete tunnel, you would be amazed to see a magnificent temple with 9-meter vast concrete columns, which would project an unforgettable impression. Fangsuo Book Store not only carries cultures and living attitudes, but also provides customers a place for inner peace and a door of hope.

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Nesting

Nesting is a leisure attitude of life for Sichuan people: wherever they go, they’d like to have a place for “nesting”. For instance, while go climbing or shopping, they always want to find a place for card playing, chatting, or refreshments, such as tea, coffee, and snacks. So to meet this need, we designed many sitting areas, where people can nest and really enjoy the peaceful and tranquil time of reading.

Fangsuo Chengdu is located at the underground floor of commercial streets surrounded the Daci Temple, in where Xuanzhang, a famous Chinese Buddhist monk in Tang dynasty, practiced Buddhism before he went on a spiritual journal to India.

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

The Taiwanese designer Chih-kang Chu was inspired by the history; therefore he created a modern underground ‘sutra depository’, which symbolizes discovering the ancient knowledge from its hidden place.

To resemble the scene of an ancient sutra depository, materials with plain look are used: concrete columns with large cutting surfaces, bookcases in the loft, the bridge and catwalk across the bookcases.

A bookstore should embody the concept of human history, culture, and wisdom; and it should embrace the past and unknown future with a grand vision.

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

The elements of planet diagram and constellation are used to present the unknown universal.

The bookstore is 3’580 m2 in area, and over 100m in span.

Lots of high-pressure-release design techniques were used: just imagine in a cave, after walking through a secrete tunnel, you would be amazed to see a magnificent temple with 9-meter vast concrete columns, how unforgettable!

The metallic tube-shape escalator connecting entrance and store presents a gateway leading to a sacred and unknown world, just like a ‘legend’ forever.

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

A long bridge goes through the space; the slopped and wide handrail is designed for people to read books on it comfortably. People can ‘nest’ in the bookstore and enjoy the tranquil time of reading. ‘Nesting’ is a leisure attitude of Sichuan people, wherever they go, they’d like to have a place for resting.

The pattern of bookcases and bridge resembles the aesthetic and poetic Chinese garden.

Fangsuo Chengdu not only carries cultures and living attitudes, but also provides customers a place for inner peace, and a door of hope.

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chih-Kang Chu

Image Courtesy © Chu Chih-Kang Space Design Co. Ltd

Image Courtesy © Chu Chih-Kang Space Design Co. Ltd

Image Courtesy © Chu Chih-Kang Space Design Co. Ltd

Image Courtesy © Chu Chih-Kang Space Design Co. Ltd

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