Shanghai: Pop-up perfection for Hauser and Wirth and a new poetry bookshop

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Let’s start off the new decade in Shanghai featuring what very well could be one of the coolest pop-up bookshops of the last decade and the opening of a new poetry bookshop.

In early 2018, inside the art space – bookshop of Modern Eye in Central Shangai, dongqi Architects created a three-story pavilion for the noted art gallery and publisher, Hauser & Wirth.

The space featured publications and other goodies and drew its inspiration from the Granary Shed at the Hauser & Wirth gallery in Somerset, England. The shed is a traditional English structure used to store grain and to protect it from the elements.

View more at arch daily. All photos by Raitt Liu.

Shanghai’s newest poetry bookshop, Sinan Books: Poetry Store has recently opened in the Huangpu District. It is housed in a smartly renovated old Russian Orthodox church.

Opening inventory –  1,880 titles, including 600 foreign volumes. Books are shelved by country, besides China, the books are mainly from 10 countries, including Japan, France, Britain, America, Poland, Italy and Russia.More at Shine


Library de Kimpel

Belgium’s Library de Kimpel is the latest library featured at arch daily. Designed by Adem Architecten  the new library was part of a master plan that included turning the existing library into offices and an exhibition center and the construction of a new youth center. The project was completed in 2015.

The interior of the library is designed and organized around 5 subject areas: Music, Literature and Poetry, Lifestyle and Sport, Art and Architecture and Travel.

More photos here

All photos © Adem Architecten

The Science Cafe & Library by Anna Wigandt

Here’s a great way  to attract people to the wonders of science – build a beautiful cafe and library designed to foster the study and exploration of the sciences.

Unfortunately, the odds are most of us will never get a chance to experience this amazing interior designed by Anna Wigandt.

You see, the Science Cafe & Library is located in Chişinău, Moldova!

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The intent was to appeal less to the chaotic and emotional experience of a typical cafe, and more to the rational and refined vibe of a library, while maintaining the accessibility and interactiveness of a public space


One wall features a bank of massive windows which bathe the entire space in natural light. The opposite wall is composed of a honeycomb of small cubbys, where patrons can store their belongings.  The Cafe is meant to be self service, and a long table houses food and drink in a specimen-like array of jars and square depressions in the surface. The third wall houses a bookshelf of source materials for use in the Cafe, on everything from civil and mechanical engineering, to shipbuilding and astronautics. 

And to boot, the tables are inspired by a 16th century German astronomer’s cosmological theory entitled the Mysterium Cosmographicum

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Source: It’s Hip to Be Square: Science Cafe & Library by Anna Wigandt — KNSTRCT