The project E Pang Bookstore is located in Fengdong New Town, Xixian New Area, Xi’an, which is named for the Epang Palace nearby...

Fengdong E Pang Bookstore by Gonverge Interior Design

Design firm: Gonverge Interior Design
Location: Fengdong Free Trade Zone, Fengdong New Town, Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province, China
Year: 2019
Project area: 3,500 sqm
Designers: Han-Sheng Cheng, Xin-Qiang Chen
Photography: Weiqi Jin

Fengdong E Pang Bookstore by Gonverge Interior Design

From the architect: Xi’an, the ancient capital of 13 dynasties, features the integration between a civilization of thousands of years and modern lifestyles, which gives the city unique charm.

The project E Pang Bookstore is located in Fengdong New Town, Xixian New Area, Xi’an, which is named for the Epang Palace nearby. Fengdong, where the project is situated, used to be the administrative center of Qin Dynasty, and nowadays has become a core area in the development blueprint of Xi’an.

Fengdong E Pang Bookstore by Gonverge Interior Design

Since there had been no large-scale reading space within 5 km away from the site, the project was conceived to fill the blank. The designers tried to figure out what kind of bookstore was needed based on local cultural context and geographic importance of the site.

Fengdong E Pang Bookstore by Gonverge Interior Design

Encountering future
Situated within Fengdong Free Trade Zone, E Pang Bookstore is the first large cultural complex in Xixian New Area, with a total area of 3,500 sqm. More than just a bookstore, it’s endowed with the attribute of a library, which also functions as a carrier of public life and urban culture.

For a city, time is not linear. With time and space interweaving, the kids' area is given a futuristic sense, which helps to evoke creativity and imagination of new generations.

Fengdong E Pang Bookstore by Gonverge Interior Design

The stretch ceilings are integrated with lighting, producing soft and comfortable visual experiences. Besides, suspended ceilings, walls and the floor are finished with cement, with the gray tone creating a sense of layering within the space. Glass tubes are combined with 3D holographic display, which adds futuristic scenes and elements to the space. Besides, hand work desks enable kids to learn knowledge in an interactive manner.

Fengdong E Pang Bookstore by Gonverge Interior Design

Bookshelves, desks, chairs and circulation routes fit into children’s height and reading habits, showing humanized scale. Curved structures combined with horizontal grain result in a striking visual impression, which strengthens the sense of space and makes the area full of imagination.

Fengdong E Pang Bookstore by Gonverge Interior Design

Dialogue between the past and present
Designs of the atrium and adults’ reading area echo local cultural context. As opposed to adopting symbolic design languages and retro style, the designers chose to create a modest and metaphoric overall ambience, so as to fit into the temperament and spirit of Xi’an.

Fengdong E Pang Bookstore by Gonverge Interior Design

The atrium functions as literature reading area. It’s characterized by symmetrical designs that highlight a sense of rituality, and the circulation is circled around it. Simple and clean textures make it a pure reading space.

Fengdong E Pang Bookstore by Gonverge Interior Design

The transparent skylight is the design highlight in the atrium, which allows natural daylight to filter in and produce a peaceful atmosphere. Besides, the modern simplistic lines outline an ideal place for people to be immersed in reading.

Fengdong E Pang Bookstore by Gonverge Interior Design

Connecting with the present
Adults’ reading area follows the atrium’s symmetric layout, with wood, metal and stone materials forming display details characterized by linear composition. The natural textures of materials are well fused with the simplistic forms of furniture, generating a soft and gentle atmosphere.

Fengdong E Pang Bookstore by Gonverge Interior Design

For the sake of ensuring compound commercial operations, the bookstore is combined with other business forms. A coffee area is embedded into the space in a low profile, which provides a relaxing space for socialize. In addition, dark green elements are dotted throughout the space, presenting a dynamic visual impression.

Fengdong E Pang Bookstore by Gonverge Interior Design

Mankind has always been fascinated by the unpredictable future while marveling at classics that have withstood the test of time. Such mixed sentiment helps to result in diversified designs of the project, rebuilds the order of time, connects the present and past in an accessible cultural space, and showcases an austere yet striking power.

Fengdong E Pang Bookstore by Gonverge Interior Design

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The project E Pang Bookstore is located in Fengdong New Town, Xixian New Area, Xi’an, which is named for the Epang Palace nearby

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