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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

Reedom bookstore in Changsha, China by Cao Pu studio

 
September 4th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Cao Pu studio

Located in Changsha, the 17-storey Firework Mansion used to be the dormitory building for staff of the former state-owned fireworks company. Nowadays, young people have moved away, so those left are mostly retired elderly people.

There is a 60 m2 apartment on the top floor of the building. The once high-expense complete shear wall structure forms a light tight environment. Even in daytime, the interior is dim. The owners want to transfer this apartment into a family bookstore, and name it “Reedom”. They wish to provide a good place to go for the residents in Firework Mansion.

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

  • Architects: Cao Pu studio
  • Project: Reedom bookstore
  • Location: 1703 Firework Mansion, No.605 Furong Mid Road, Changsha, China
  • Photography: Zhang Zheming
  • Design Team:  Cao Pu   Cui Hao (structural consultant)
  • Construction: Zou Baolin, Zeng Wenli
  • Area: 60 m²
  • Finish: Floor, Wall, Ceiling

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

The small apartment is not qualified to provide environment for reading. We enlarge the window on the outer wall as much as possible; open several holes on each solid wall inside, to let the light and eyesight pass. Holes inside the house also invite in natural draught.

The rooms are small. We decide to go the adverse way to change them into smaller ones and create a more sincere and concentrated environment for reading. Thus, we placed bookcases and partitions in the already small living room and bedrooms. To save space, we’d like to use the holes as desks.

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

In this way, we get many mini reading rooms with interlinked light, eyesight and air, while ensuring privacy. The balcony becomes a most unique place for reading, with a good city view.

We enlarged a window in the living room. Using a corner of the rooftop platform as the extension of the bookstore, to face it and the balcony.

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

We have built very good relations with the neighbors. Meanwhile, we are designing better facilities for them to dry clothes and pickled radish on the rooftop. We hope to finally build the area into a good place to go for the whole community.

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

About Cao Pu

Cao Pu is an architect based in china focused on conversion projects in the country.

Cao Pu was born in Beijing, graduated from Beijing University of Teleology Postgraduate. After graduation he did not continue as an architect, but formed his own band Queen Sea Big Shark. Between 2007 and 2011 he was working in ‘Limited Design’, as famous architect Wang Hui’s design assistant. From 2011 he started his own architecture and interior design studio, now he already has a small group of people.

Image Courtesy © Cao Pu studio

Image Courtesy © Cao Pu studio

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

Image Courtesy © Zhang Zheming

Image Courtesy © Cao Pu studio

Image Courtesy © Cao Pu studio

Image Courtesy © Cao Pu studio

Image Courtesy © Cao Pu studio

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