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Chu Chih-kang Space Design releases Wuguan Books in Taiwan

Taiwan Architecture News - Apr 02, 2020 - 14:01   3183 views

Chu Chih-kang Space Design releases Wuguan Books in Taiwan

Taiwanese architecture and interior design studio Chu Chih-kang Space Design has released the Wuguan Books in the Yancheng District, Kaohsiung City of Taiwan

Stepping into Wuguan Books is like entering a space where you say goodbye to the world you live temporarily. 

Here all baggage that identifies your social images can be unloaded from the shoulders, so that you can walk forward with the soul only. Behind the door curtains, a fantasy world is waiting for you to explore.

Chu Chih-kang Space Design releases Wuguan Books in Taiwan

It is about soul reading

Driven by our desires, feelings, memories, moods and bound by social conventions, we play the roles as we are expected to. However, buried deep down, the soul displays the truest, honest, unchangeable self. Wuguan Books recognizes and follows this law, and offers the knowledge and books that are craved by the soul.

Chu Chih-kang Space Design releases Wuguan Books in Taiwan

"The concept isn’t merely a dark book store, but a haven where everything in the mundane world is screened out and only the books that the soul seeks to read are left," said the designer Chu Chih-kang. 

Entering the space, one will find that the stereotype of a conventional book store is overthrown. Books are floating in the air, while spatial boundary and faces of other readers are hidden in the dark. Only faint outlines are visible. Within such unrestrained environment, people can calm down, relax and be themselves, and find the books they really want to read.

Chu Chih-kang Space Design releases Wuguan Books in Taiwan

It’s all about you

Under dotted spotlights, books tell their personality and story through the covers. The interior lighting is subtly designed and positioned to illuminate the books and other objects for sale but not readers. Books collection in the store are mostly about humanity and mature themes, covering psychology, body, erotica, emotion, memory, etc. 

Thanks to the low-lighting atmosphere, people can pick up and read the books they are really interested in without worrying about others' eyes, and also concentrate on reading without being disturbed. In short, in Wuguan Books, consumers can touch and flip through a few pages freely and find the books they really want to read or purchase without being judged.

Chu Chih-kang Space Design releases Wuguan Books in Taiwan

With book covers on nearly 400 bookshelves facing outward, our display allows books themselves to recount their personality and story to the visitors. Elaborately-designed lighting only illuminates the books and creates an illusion of books floating in the air. 

A long table can be found in the bookstore that offers ample lighting to visitors who prefer to spend more time reading their books in detail. The floor is covered with carpets, which can absorb echoes as well as sound of footsteps. 

Chu Chih-kang Space Design releases Wuguan Books in Taiwan

With lighting concentrating on books and other objects, visitors won’t notice the presence of other people in the store. With less person-to-person interference, visitors can choose whatever books they like to read without worrying about other people’s judging eyes as well as focusing on reading without disruption.

At Wuguan Books, the studio helps you open that door to your inner self. Come and have a honest and real interaction with yourself.

Chu Chih-kang Space Design releases Wuguan Books in Taiwan

Chu Chih-kang Space Design releases Wuguan Books in Taiwan

Chu Chih-kang Space Design releases Wuguan Books in Taiwan

Chu Chih-kang Space Design releases Wuguan Books in Taiwan

Chu Chih-kang Space Design releases Wuguan Books in Taiwan

Chu Chih-kang Space Design releases Wuguan Books in Taiwan

Chu Chih-kang Space Design releases Wuguan Books in Taiwan

First floor plan

Chu Chih-kang Space Design releases Wuguan Books in Taiwan

Second floor plan

Project facts

Location: Dayi Warehouse Cluster, Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung City (C7-6 Warehouse, 2-1 Dayi Street, Yancheng District, Kaohsiung City)

Area: 185 sq meter

Owner: Wuguan Books

Designed by: Chu Chih-kang Space Design 

Designer: Chu Chih-kang 

Design assistant: Lin Tan-hua

Materials: iron frame, LED, yakisugi (shou sugi ban)

All images © Lee Kuo-Min

All drawings © Chu Chih-kang Space Design

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