The Garden of Forking Paths is an enormous guessing game, or parable, in which the subject is time.

——Luis Borges,The Garden of Forking Paths

▲概念图 Design Concept

继2021年的看不见城市系列之后,TOPOS DESIGN携手MEEM DESIGN为Mingsi的2.0版本迭代进化标准化设计,以博尔赫斯的《小径分叉的花园》作为空间叙事的剧本,延续柔软连绵的曲面空间,为不同城市的不同场地创造似曾相识的花园迷宫体验。

Following the Invisible Cities series in 2021, TOPOS DESIGN, together with MEEM DESIGN, has evolved a standardized design for Mingsi’s 2.0 iteration, using Borges’ The Garden of Forking Paths as the script for the spatial narrative, continuing the soft and continuous curved space to create a déjà vu garden labyrinth experience for different sites in different cities.

▲轴测图 Axonometric Drawing

▲标识设计Signage Design


Garden Labyrinth, Prototype Study

在博尔赫斯笔下的花园里,时间永远分叉,通向无数的将来。在他的众多想象力瑰丽的小说中,故事情节以螺旋运转而非直线延伸,起点就是终点,从而成为一座神话的迷宫。Mingsi House在后疫情时代以非凡的勇气和想象力进行品牌拓店,品牌主理人Lee对品牌的视觉和空间场景有着执着的创新追求。花园迷宫的空间类型与传统时装零售逻辑相悖甚至相反,而正是这种耳目一新却成为了我们一致认同的设计起点。建筑不只是简单地关于空间和形式,也是关于事件、活动和空间中发生的一切。空间要有不断传播的故事,有不停发生的事件,有不时好玩的内容。

In Borges’ garden, time is forever bifurcated, leading to countless futures. In his many imaginative novels, the storyline runs in a spiral rather than a straight line, and the beginning is the end, thus becoming a mythical labyrinth. Mingsi House takes extraordinary courage and imagination to expand its brand in the post-epidemic era, and Lee, the brand owner, has a persistent and innovative pursuit of the visual and spatial scenes of the brand. The spatial typology of the garden labyrinth contradicts or even opposes the traditional fashion retail logic, however this exactly refreshing idea became the starting design point for our unanimous agreement. Architecture is not simply about space and form, but also about events, activities and everything that happens in the space. The space need to have stories that keep spreading, events that keep happening, and contents that keep funny from time to time.


Garden Labyrinth, Type A of Cylinder, Qibao Vanke

▲立面 Facade


Compared to the conditions of Mingsi’s other sites, the original space of Qibao Vanke store carries a breathing quality, with a narrow entrance and a trapezoidal enlargement afterwards. During the first site survey, the translucency brought by the French windows and the sudden enlargement of the space could be immediately felt through the narrow doorway, a tightening and a release.

▲内部空间 Interior

▲试衣间 Fitting Room

▲试衣间标识 Fitting Room Signage


In the layout of the labyrinth, we tried to loosen the space in an unconventional way by making the fitting room the center of the space and the core of the labyrinth. The exhibition area is arranged on both sides, while three cylindrical fitting rooms are centered and independent, ensuring privacy while making the fitting space less closed. There is no roof, and the light falls evenly, making the cylinders a lighthouse in the maze.

▲收银台 Cashier

▲休闲区 Seating Area

▲收银台标识 Cashier Signage


Garden Labyrinth, Type B of Capsule House, Nanyang 1931

▲立面 Facade

▲侧立面 Facade

南洋店作为今年标准店体系内的落地设计,代表了Mingsi 2.0的主要基因。结合去年的门店设计案例,我们分析不同空间类型的线下体验,将胶囊定义为标准店的空间原型。

Nanyang store, as the landing design within the standard store system this year, represents the main gene of Mingsi 2.0. Combined with last year’s design cases, we analyzed different space types for offline experience and defined the capsule as the space prototype for the standard store.

▲胶囊空间 Capsule Space

▲胶囊内部 Capsule Interior

▲收银台 Cashier

▲休闲区 Seating Area


The capsule is a fragment of a maze, complete centered or cut in half to the side, with flexible adaptability to the different site conditions, giving good control over the standardization. Capsule is not only a form, but also a house within a house, providing interior and exterior exhibits with skylight. It is a secret room within a maze. Nanopaint is the main material of Mingsi, and we also try to integrate restrained colors in this year’s standardized design to carry out a more open visual system of Mingsi.


Garden Labyrinth, Type C of Concentric Circles, Sky Vanke

▲立面 Facade

▲侧立面 Facade


The venue of Sky Vanke is rare to have a huge opening of about 20 meters in length. The maze made by the rotation of concentric arc walls is a local adaptation of Mingsi Sky Vanke store design. Mingsi elements such as curved clothes poles, fitting mirrors, booths, stands, and greenery are integrated into the circular block, which is a maze with infinite paths and scenery.


▲休闲区 Seating Area


The curved wall with volume has both low and high. Embedded with miniature nature and Mingsi’s Mori clothing, the fitting room and front desk hidden inside the wall are the world behind the labyrinth.



The curved wall with volume has both low and high. Embedded with miniature nature and Mingsi’s Mori clothing, the fitting room and front desk hidden inside the wall are the world behind the labyrinth. The use of strip lighting increases the spatial hierarchy and enhances the orientation of the space. Hidden in the center of the maze is an island of greenery under the soft light film of the ceiling, symbolizing the infinite cycle of life. When we come to Mingsi’s garden labyrinth, we can “enjoy the pause”.

▲空间标识 Space Signage

2022年对于上海是不同寻常的一年,再经历长达三个月的疫情封控后,Mingsi依然以非凡卓越的勇气和优雅从容的姿态继续着它的完美主义旅程,为这个伟大的城市和这个城市的人们传递品牌的温度。在不同的城市,不同的商场,每家Mingsi House犹如一个时空彩蛋,成为暗藏在都市里的花园迷宫,共同形成了属于品牌本身的空间记忆,不同时空的小径分叉,却殊途同归。

2022 is an unusual year for Shanghai. After three months of pandemic control, Mingsi continues its journey of perfectionism with extraordinary courage and elegance, conveying the brand’s warmth for this great city and its people. In different cities and shopping malls, each Mingsi House is like an “bonus scene” in time and space, becoming a garden labyrinth hidden in the city, forming together a spatial memory belonging to the brand itself, with different paths diverging in time and space, but all going the same way.



项目名称:Mingsi 2022,小径分岔的花园


业主团队:The Mingsi House











建筑摄影:Voyager 21




Project Information——

Project name:Mingsi 2022, the Garden of Forking Paths

Project location:Shanghai, China

Clients:The Mingsi House

Space Design Firm:TOPOS DESIGN

Visual Design Firm:MEEM DESIGN

Principle Architect:LIN Chen

Project Architect:ZHANG Danman

Design Team FENG Yanyan, FENG Zixiang, Ji Haotian, JIANG Yelei, XU Zijie

Graphic Designer:Xiuzi, CHEN Siyu, WU Lingyan

M&E consultant:WANG Bihu

Construction side:Shanghai Quanliang Decoration Design Engineering Co., LTD

Lighting consultant:Shanghai Jiju Lighting Technology Co., LTD

Supplier:Shanghai Zhumeng International Art Wall Material, Shanghai Jing Wei Si Building Materials, Shanghai Panhu Construction, Shanghai Najia furniture, Shengdi Advertising

Photo credits:Voyager 21

Design year & Completion Year:2022.03 to 2022.11

Construction year & Completion Year:2022.03 to 2022.11

Materials:Terrazzo-like tiles, Nano Coatings, Stainless steel