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Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

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Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Shanghai-based architecture firm Wutopia Lab has created fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Yancheng, Jiangsu, China

Named The Miro Store of Duoyun Bookstore, Dream La Miro, Wutopia lab's design was created for the fairytale parent-child bookstore, the Miro store of Duoyun Bookstore, for Jiangsu Spring Blossom Culture and Creative Town.

The bookstore was inaugurated in October at Dream Town in Yancheng, Jiangsu.

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

The World of Adults

Read the full narrative with the architects' own words. Actually, I didn't want to design a bookstore anymore, because I didn't want to be labeled. However, when the client showed me the IP they had introduced, namely the three animated films created by Italian artist Cristina Làstrego: Mirò the Cat, The Circus, and The Creation, I was moved by the magnificent scenes and the imagination created by the artist. I thought it would be possible to create a fairy tale bookstore like never before, using the origin of life as a base inspiration combined with elements from the other two animations.

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Ark Entrance

Fairytale

Peter may fly down from the sky laughing because he has just told a joke with a star that's funny as hell, but when you wonder why he's laughing, he's forgotten all about it.

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Interior of red

Boat

"I'm youth, I'm joy,” Peter answered at a venture, “I'm a little bird that has broken out of the egg."

I was tempted to make a blue whale as an entrance in the streets of a European-style town. Eventually, I decided to hide the most dramatic design in the back. I chose the ark as the theme, with the yellow outside and red inside sailing ship docked in the harbour of the book sea. All the fairy tales about the Miro store of Duoyun Bookstore start from here.

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Interior of red

Forest

"Second to the right, and straight on till morning." Stepping out of the white Skylight Book Tower is an abstract black forest. A sparse arrangement of black metal rods supports the partially hollowed-out dark metal roof. When the sun shines directly, the light weaves through the green gaps and the black ground emerges in shimmering patches of light, as if in a forest. This is the semi-outdoor forest corridor that leads to the main space of Duoyun Bookstore. At the end of the corridor is a cloud gate, a symbol identified at the Huangshan store of Duoyun Bookstore. Looking in through the Cloud Gate, a new world is beckoning. Meanwhile, visitors will also catch the vision of the moon in the cloud gate, and looking back down the path, a curved moon in the forest is smiling. It corresponds to the very sun at the top of the Skylight Book Tower.

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

White book tower

Cloud

Peter is always playing pranks, always flying behind the stars when they are not careful, blowing a big mouth and trying to extinguish them. Behind the Cloud Gate is the cloud-themed family-friendly area, the Cloud Terrace Cafe. We wrapped a layered, interlocking floating platform with a transition from white gradient perforated aluminum panels to brushed stainless steel on the entire surface. The reader feels as if they are walking through the clouds and resting among them. Here I insisted on using silver and white to create a quiet and private atmosphere. This is because I want to give the reader a moment of peace. So that when they pass through another cloud door, they can be warmly and astonishingly enveloped by the climax of the Miro store of Duoyun Bookstore, a magnificent and dramatic drawing library, a colorful ocean filled with everything.

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

White book tower

Ocean, the origin of creation

We have been there too; we can still hear the sound of the surf, though we shall land no more. The main part of the Miro store of Duoyun Bookstore is the drawing library on the first floor. Since I am particularly fascinated by the idea of separating contiguous rooms within each other to form a type of house within a house under a complete large space, I divided the picture books into four groups according to theme into different individual huts. Inspired by the Miro's IP The Creation, I used different levels of blue to turn the whole drawing library into an ocean. Four of the animals from The Creation, sea creatures, amphibians, birds, and mammals, were selected and abstracted to form the animal-shaped entrances of the huts. The different holes combined with the different coloured perforated aluminum panels form the different facades of the huts, while the inside of the huts is uniformly white. After all, no matter how noisy it is, reading needs to remain quiet. The whole drawing library is a tribute and a spatial interpretation of The Creation.

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Red Spiral Staircase

Circus on the Stars

No matter how hard we try to be mature, we will always be a kid when we all get hurt and cry. There is a striking red perforated aluminum panel tent on the terrace outside the drawing library. Visitors can notice the flaming tent as they enter from the town square. The tent comes from two sources, The Circus of the Miro's IP and the red flying house on the roof of the Anaya children's restaurant designed by Wutopia lab five years ago. The carousel in the tent is the recurring symbol of Wutopia lab's designs about children and dreams, representing a kind of adult childlike spirit that Wutopia lab insists on preserving. The red tent stands quietly on the fluorite floor. When night comes, the fluorite, which absorbs daylight, shines like a starry sky. We call this the Star Garden. The tent on the stars is a child's declaration, "I want always to be a little boy and to have fun."

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Red Spiral Staircase

Eden in the Golden Mountains

"Go on! Go back and grow up! But I'm warning you, once you're grown up you can never come back." I created rolling 'mountains' with gold perforated aluminum panels on the roof of the drawing library, and a glass house with a wave-tossed ceiling hidden inside the gold mountain. This multi-purpose hall, named the Aozora Lecture Hall, can be used for exhibitions, roadshows, book signings, dinners, and parties. However, what I actually want is someone to contemplate unattached in a plain box inside the brilliant gold, and this moment is my Eden.

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Red Spiral Staircase

I Want to Break Through the Adults' Stereotype

When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.

I didn't want to make a mere interior design. Fairy tales gave me ample reason. The tent, ark, mountain, and forest all became means by which I tried to break out of the European style façade. But that wasn't enough. I took a part of a separate hut through the wall and turned it into a balcony on the façade, its hole being the silhouette of the head of Miro cat. The reader in the cat's head seems to have been transformed into fairy at some point. And the original European-style façade thus looks unreal but real. This is the fairy tale.

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Sun installation

Duoyon Bookstore, as Never-never Land

Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.

In 2015, my daughter murmured to herself, "I really love this happy world." This gave me a sense of responsibility and courage to break through the various stereotypes. In many cases, children are our teachers. A bookshop can be an attitude and a declaration of the way we face life. There is no such word as easy in the adult world. But we can do our best to create beauty and keep our innocence. This is the meaning of the Miro Store of Duoyon Bookstore.

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it. All quotes from J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan.

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Red Spiral Staircase

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Forest Corridor

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Cloud Chasing Moon

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Cloud Chasing Moon

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Cloud Gate

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Cloud Gate

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Floating Cloud Terrace

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Floating Cloud Terrace

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Cloud Terrace Cafe

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Cloud Terrace Cafe

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Cloud Terrace Stairs

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Cloud Terrace Stairs

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Detail of Marine Perforated Aluminum Panel

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Marine Drawing Library

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Marine Drawing Library

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Marine Drawing Library

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

IP Animal Shaped Entrance

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

IP Animal Shaped Entrance

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

IP Animal Shaped Entrance

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Book Hut

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Book Hut

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Book Hut

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Red tent

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Carousel Under the Tent

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Night Scene

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Rolling Mountains

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Rolling Mountains

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Eden

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Elevation of the Bookstore

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Elevation of the Bookstore

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Elevation of the Bookstore

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Axonometric drawing 

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Axonometric drawing

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

First floor plan

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Second floor plan

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

Third floor plan

Wutopia Lab creates fairytale-like interiors for a bookstore in Jiangsu, China

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Project facts

Project name: The Miro Store of Duoyun Bookstore, Dream La Miro

Project location: Yancheng, Jiangsu, China

Building area: 1700m²

Design year & completion year: 2021.04 to 2021.07

Construction year & completion year: 2021.10 to 2022.08

Design firm: Wutopia Lab

Principal architect: YU Ting

Project manager: PU Shengrui

Project architect: LIN Chen

Design team: LV Jie, FENG Yanyan, XU Zijie, BIAN Chao

Design consultant: TOPOS DESIGN

Graphic design: MEEM DESIGN (XIU Zi, CHEN Siyu)

Lighting consultant: ZHANG Chenlu, WEI Shiyu, LIU Xueyi

Construction drawing design: Jiangsu Mingcheng Architectural Design Co., Ltd.

Construction drawing design team: HUANG Tianpeng, SUN Xin, XU Jian, HU Fei, MAO Xiaoli, MING Feng, LU You, HAN Shuang

Client: Shanghai Century Duoyun Culture Development Co., Ltd.

Operator: Jiangsu Spring Blossom Cultural and Creative Town Cultural Tourism Industry Development Co., Ltd.

Operator team: ZHOU Wenjun, MU Gengen, ZHANG Hongyu, YANG Wenjing

IP materials: all provided by the operator, copyright © by the operator

Development side: Jiangsu Spring Blossom Cultural and Creative Town Cultural Tourism Industry Development Co., Ltd.

Construction unit: Shanghai Lantian Building Decoration Engineering Co., Ltd.

Supplier of terrazzo series: Holistic Opulent Terrazzo

Aluminum panels supplier: Shanghai Tengkuo Decoration Engineering Co., Ltd.

Customized bookshelf supplier: Zhejiang Meisen Wood Industry

Micro cement supplier: Shanghai Zhumeng International Art Wall Material

Soft furnishing brands: Ziinlife (Interior), Vondom (Exterior), W-Casa (Cloud Stool)

Main materials: Perforated Aluminum Panels, Gold Terrazzo, Washed Stone, Micro-cement, Acrylic, Stainless Steel

Model: iz

Top image: White Book Tower.

All images © CreatAR Images.

All images © Wutopia Lab.

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