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|Eslite . Cityplaza|
The summer reading house is a project we designed for Eslite, a Taiwanese bookstore that was recently introduced to Hong Kong. To create "nature" within a shopping plaza, we weaved three basic natural elements - wood, light, and shadow in the design of the two reading houses - "Cherry" and "White-oak."
"Cherry" and "white-oak" harmoniously stood in the atrium of Taikoo Plaza, embracing the natural sunlight that project through the glass ceiling. These two reading houses not only created reading and recreational space for mall strollers, but also defined the thematic zoning, circulation, and spatial sequence. "Cherry House" was an adult reading room built with twisted ridge geometry, creating a dynamic and captivating interior experience. The bookshelves held the neighboring frames together for lateral stabilization while at the same time displaying the best-selling books. "White-oak House" was a kids' playroom. The slide and reading rake combined reading and playing space to accommodate different moods.
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