Wutopia Lab唯品会设计的总部图书馆——充满象征和寓意的朝彻书屋the Satori Harbor 于11月在广州落成。朝彻出自《庄子·大宗师》,是道家修炼的一层境界,指透彻通达,有如朝阳遍照。于是俞挺先创造一个好物,把图书馆变成精巧复杂的人间世——一个抽象的港口城市;进一步则引导寄居其间的读者通过阅读以及体验而能悟达妙道外物,最后能作逍遥游。朝彻书屋其实就是个寓意人生修行的象征主义场所。

This November, Wutopia Lab completes the Satori Harbor, a culturally symbolic library situated in VIPshop‘s new headquarter. In Master Zhuangzi, the word Satori (zhaoche) describes a state of transcendental being in the practice of Taoism, as the morning light shining across the entire earth.
Yuting sees the library materializing the complex mechanism of the world – an abstract harbor city where the readers can wander through books and experience their moments of enlightenment and deliverance. Satori Harbor symbolizes a moral place for that of practice of life.

Chapter Ⅰ:IL MONDO (All things good and bright)



One needs to go through a dim tunnel before arriving at the city. Located on the 18th and 19th floor of VIPshop’s headquarter building, it‘s not easy to find your way and you might get a bit lost. That’s okay because at the end of the tunnel, it‘s a large sound dome from which you can hear the waves. Then you can sense you are at edge of the city, close to the discovering the harbor and sea.

▲项目位于唯品会总部大楼18层和19层,located on the 18th and 19th floor of VIPshop’s headquarter building

▲从室外看好物港一侧,viewing the VIP harbor side form exterior



Within the city are rarebook room, koto room, conference room, salon and selection corridor. Salon is a space that resembles a landscape where kids can play and explore in their own ways. The salon is also the back garden to the city. The 19th floor is a city within the city. The most important place is the gallery, a re-interpretation of the European art saloon. The gallery walls are covered with painting collected across world placed in a non-hierarchical fashion. Within the corridor, there are many intimate corners waiting to be appropriated by individual visitors. At the end of the haowu corridor is a circular window, capturing a miniature corner of the city. Yuting seeks to create an obscure experience of space and time through the meandering experience through light and darkness.

▲沙龙空间——为孩子们塑造的微地空间,salon is a space that resembles a landscape where kids can play and explore in their own ways

▲孩子们的沙龙也就是这个城市的后花园,the salon is also the back garden to the city


At the edge of the city are the harbor, dunes, riverbanks and waving hills. In this design, they are the café, lobby, magazine area and good things theatre. The south facing steps of the theatre fully embraces daylight with clear views towards its surrounding. One can not only look at the performances but also look at the moving rhythm of the city and environment beyond.

▲轴测图,axonometric drawing



The tunnel leads to the entrance of VIP Harbor and you can take a break at the nook before entering. A brave new world awaits beyond the doorway. Upon entering, you see a long boat and an enormous red sail, as if one stands in the harbour at the thirteen hongs looking at the red sail boats and feels the ambitions burning behind them.

▲好物港,VIP Harbor


The large 13 bays of bookshelves become the city’s wall. One can stand behind and over these shelves overlooking the harbor, seeing the passing of people and boats, and the sun rising up and setting down. During the Age of Discovery, harbor symbolizes wealth and adventure. Yuting‘s dramatic interpretation of harbor stems from the childhood memories of an film. Thousands of people cheering “the Pharaoh” at the harbor of Marseilles brings tears to him. Whenever he has moments of doubts about faith, he always remembers those cheers.

▲连续的书架构成了好物港的内外城墙,the large 13 bays of bookshelves become the city’s wall

Under the Dome


The entire harbor is covered with rolling arches. Under these arches, sky, water and city all blends into one abstract tone. As a good thing that collects all good things, the library is a fraction of surrealism in the entire building.

▲由二层藏书回廊看好物港,viewing the VIP harbor on the library area on the upper floor

▲通高的空间提供了极佳的自然采光,the double height space provides excellent natural light


At the end of my suffering there was a door

Chapter Ⅱ:A Happy Excursion (Self-practice)

Heart Fasting


The Fast of the [spiritually elevated] means fasting of the heart from unworthy concerns and worldly thoughts, in total disregard of everything but the spiritual supreme. Hence Yu Ting only inherited some key fragments from the history of Guangzhou, such as the Manchuria window and floral patterned tiles whereas forgoing all the distracting colors, textures and materials, unifying the 2000 square meter library with desaturated beige stucco and terrazzo.

▲2000平米的图书馆都统一在一个连续不断灰白色和石材质感之中,distracting colors, textures and materials, unifying the 2000 square meter library with desaturated beige stucco and terrazzo

▲电梯厅,lift lobby




VIP Harbor is not an enclosed fortress. The cutouts on its perimeter allow the light to touch every inch of the city through different shapes and angles, with layers and layers of scenery merged together. The city is essentially a surreal imagination, existing outside of time.

▲城墙上有许多洞,光线可以不同角度流泻到城里,cutouts on its perimeter allow the light to touch every inch of the city

▲由圆窗看画廊与书架,Viewing the gallery with bookshelves from the round window

Seeing the oneness alone


Yu Ting created a grotto-esque space at the edge of the inner city of VIP Harbor. A light installation will render the grotto with disorientation of space and deprivation of time. There’s no up and down, there‘s no front and back. Whoever shall enter the space might be stunt at first but will gradually adapt to the carefully articulated disarray,
maybe even get spiritually in dialogue with heaven and earth.

▲蛋形洞穴间轴测分析图,grotto-esque space diagram ? Wutopia Lab

▲小蓬仙馆内部,interior of the installation

▲装置细部,details of the installation

▲由外部看装置内部,viewing the interior of the installation from outside

Sitting and forgetting


There is an eye catching white ship docked at the harbor, on which one can walk slowly to the ship’s bow and overlook the pearl river flow quietly under. At the right side of the ship, facades reminiscing the old 13 hongs are gently falling down to cover the bookshelves, while on the left side the cityscape remains marvelous and magnificent.The importance of the surroundings is fading, at this precise moment one may forget about what was needed to be said. After all, this is a space whose existence surpasses time.

▲好物舟船头,white ship docked at the harbor

Three thousand blows


As one continues to stand on the ship‘s bow, the red sail falling so slowly behind, waiting for the wind to blow and to sail across the oceans with adventurous spirit. She is making a statement, to break the shackles of materialism and to roar up high in the sky.

▲可以展开收起的红帆,furled red sail


From the center of my life came a great fountain, deep blue shadows on azure seawater.


朝彻书屋是Wutopia Lab在广州的第一个室内项目。它是俞挺为广州建造的两艘船的第一艘。在明年,你们或许看到第二艘船。不过上面装载的不是好物,而是酒神的信徒们。

▲好物港意向图,image of vip harbor

▲书架与红帆轴测图,axonometric drawing of the shelves and the red sail

▲下层平面图,lower floor plan

▲上层平面图,upper floor plan



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