Book Store By the Lake

Location : Chengdu, China
Area : 660m2

This competition entry suggests a book store be a place of reflection and quiet contemplation. The views both into and pout of the building are tightly controlled, only allowing glimpses of the surrounding environment until the guest is in the main reading hall when the glazing opens up to connect fully with the lakeside setting. The minimal material pallet of cast tinted concrete and glass reinforce the architectural metaphor of the bookstore as being a place of calm reflection.