2022年初，工作室受邀为三家生活方式品牌共同设计位于南京的集合店铺。两层600平方米左右的面积，经过商定，一层为户外生活方式品牌ABC CAMPING COUNTRY，二层则为失物招领×三十六鸥生活提案店。
In 2022, MOU Architecture Studio was invited to design a store in Nanjing for three lifestyle brands. With two floors of around 600 square metres, it was agreed that the first floor would be the outdoor lifestyle brand ABC CAMPING COUNTRY and the second floor would be a lost&found x 36ou lifestyle proposal shop.
▲建筑外立面 Building facade
The location of the venue is the Fine Arts Building, 62 Beiting Lane, Nanjing, where Yangtze River Road and Beiting Lane intersect. “One Changjiang Road, half of Nanjing’s history”, whether during the Six Dynasties or the Republic of China, these two roads have witnessed the rise and fall of prosperity in Nanjing’s history. The long history has inevitably shaped the different texture of the city at different times. Through this renovation design, we hope to capture the pulse and texture of the city, so that it can not only become a shop that embraces all kinds of goods, but also help the street and the building to rejuvenate again and become a place for residents and customers coming and going to gather and communicate.
▲街区环境 Block environment
Think about the relationship between streets and shops
A narrow street running north-south for less than a kilometre, with a one-way motorway and cycle lane in the middle and pedestrian walkways on either side of the road, the historical deposit combined with the comfortable scale of the narrow block makes this a smoky alley today. The building, the Fine Arts Building, faces east and west, with the large windows of the main entrance facing the street. Opposite is the first National Art Museum, designed and built by Mr. Yang Tingbao, the first Chinese architect, whose buildings and courtyard we can see through the low fence. We also note that most of the buildings on both sides of the street are adjacent to the pedestrian walkway, and that long queues of shops inevitably crowd the pavement, which not only affects the traffic on the road, but also makes it even more difficult in the rain when there is no shelter. This has led to a reflection on the relationship between shops and the street.
▲连接内外的檐廊 Corridor connecting inside and outside
If the building could be fitted with a large eave it would solve the problem of western exposure on two levels and provide a place for customers and residents to queue for shelter on the first floor. It is clear that adding to the exterior does not work, so the problem has to be shifted to the interior. The eaves of the traditional sloping roof of the building provided us with a good idea, so the two levels of space were simultaneously set back inwards to form a gable open to the outside.
▲建筑外立面夜景 night view
Both street and living room
On the first survey of the site, the huge staircase perched in the centre of the first floor stood out. The space is thus cut into two main areas, front and back. The rear area is completely obscured by the staircase. The owner of the first floor space wanted to accommodate functions close to daily coffee, clothing, outdoor equipment display and retail. We then decided to remove the staircase and install a new staircase connecting the two levels of space. The new staircase is positioned to the far left of the entrance with minimal volume and visual obscurity in order to create an urban living room that can be penetrated by the traveller from the street.
▲从檐廊看向室内 View from the porch to the interior
▲从室内看向街道 Looking into the street from inside
Routine and Equality
One of the most impressive things about a city’s streets may be the steaming bun shops, where the skilful and busy figures of the chefs always bring life to the people. A cup of coffee is made in a number of different processes before it is delivered to the customer. We also wanted to face the street, so that pedestrians on the road could notice the complete process. The decision was made to place a ‘kiosk’ between the two pillars, running inside and out, as a window to both the inside and the street, for the daily operation and sale of coffee. The height of the flooring of the kiosk was set at the same level inside and outside, and we wanted the line of sight between the shop staff and the customers to be at the same level.
▲咖啡吧细部 cafe detail
▲室外看向咖啡区域 Looking outside to the coffee area
▲内外关系 internal and external relations
Squared and curved atrium
On the second floor Clients wanted a space that could cater for the display and sale of furniture, clothing and home furnishing options; offices; negotiation; storage and the flexibility to cope with event set-ups. The first floor has a high degree of transparency and welcomes people in, then on the second floor we are keen for people to go deeper and explore with a sense of continuity. The site is a standard space held up by beams and columns and the first step we needed to take was to break out of this initial homogeneity and create the impression of a shop that is exploratory and takes its time to wander.
▲从曲庭出入口看向方庭 View of the square atrium from the entrance to the curved atrium
▲被水泥和木质包裹的内部氛围 atmosphere wrapped in concrete and wood
▲方庭内外 Inside and outside the squared atrium
▲透过方庭看向曲庭 Looking through the squared atrium to the curved atrium
▲方庭的孔洞 Hole in the Squared atrium
But what kind of atrium will this atrium be, and how can it be abstracted in a way that satisfies the function and organises the new spatial system together with the squared atrium? The simplest way to start is with the basic geometric forms, the first combination of circles and squares was felt to be appropriate, although circles inevitably feel classical and symbolic. We wanted to create a place that was not stylised or individualistic, that was not western or Chinese, that embraced all kinds of products and all kinds of people. We therefore cut an opening in the circle and pulled it into Mirroring “6” form, with a distance between it and the squared atrium, and a doorway inside it, which is enclosed by a half-height curved wall, which we call the curved atrium. The other corresponding functions are also filled in on the basis of the pattern of two atriums. In this way, a number of paths, either wide or narrow, straight or curved, are formed between two atriums.
▲曲庭内部 Inside the curved atrium
The products of Lost&Found are mainly in the furniture and home category, while the products of 36ou are mainly apparel and lifestyle products. We needed to think about how to plan the layout of the two brands, one large and one small, in the same space. If the two brands were to be displayed independently, it would look intuitive but slightly uninteresting. We therefore chose to integrate the products of both brands to create a more vivid and fuller home life. The lost&found furniture has living room, dining room, bedroom, study and other applications for different types of home scenes, if the scenes are too concentrated, they may become a duplication of the functions of conventional family rooms, so it is better to use the traffic path to divide and conquer them.
▲两庭之间的路径 The path between the atrium
The inner wall of the atrium is used for the display of clothing, like a huge semi-open cloakroom. On the outer side of the atrium, near the street, we have chosen to use this area as a flexible functional area, which can be used as a display for LDK lifestyle scenes, or for events and exhibitions.
▲从出入口处看向曲庭内部 View from the entrance to the inside of the atrium
▲多功能展陈区 Multifunctional display area
▲曲庭出入口处墙面服装陈列区 Wall display of clothing at the entrance to the atrium
Scenery and Body
From the stairs up to the first floor, customers explore a selective and disorienting path that can be tailored to their own feelings and preferences. The walls of the squared and curved atrium are unadorned but have unexpected and penetrating openings where air and sunlight can flow naturally, and we hope that the views peeking through the openings will drive the body to wander through and stumble upon the objects it desires.
▲从通道看向台地展陈区 View from the passage to the Terrace display area
▲从过道看向两庭 View from the aisle into the atrium
In the south-east corner of the curved atrium, we have raised the flat terrain upwards to create a section of terrace. The terrace creeps into this corner with some relative privacy and can be used in the future as a bedroom scene display. The access to the terrace in both directions utilises steps, but in order to provide a rhythmic change of pace, both physically and psychologically, we have set up steps of different heights and number of steps. Standing on the terrace will also bring a special view.
▲看向台地展陈区 Looking towards the Terrace display area
▲光线透过花窗进入室内 Light enters the room through the rose windows
▲站在隆起的台地上看向内部 Standing on the raised terrace looking inside
The window on the east side of the site is almost forced by the school buildings, which are not aesthetically pleasing in the slightest and at the same time distract from the inside. When faced with a view, the good is received, the bad is screened. The Jade and Exquisite Study rose window is really the finishing touch. We have also tried to keep an ambiguous sense of distance between the two by constructing a layer of rose windows, which also add a sense of sequence to the space.
▲曲庭内外 Inside and outside the atrium
▲连续开口序列下的层叠关系 Laminar relationships under continuous opening sequences
The original windows near the west side are adjacent to the street, with a view of the city street through the glass, and the inward setback creates balcony that allows everyone who comes here to step out and experience the city and nature. Within this open and inclusive site, we hope to bring the pleasure of being viable, desirable and playable, and look forward to the many forms of life that will take place here in the future.
▲内退后形成的露台和室内相融合 The internal setback creates a terrace that blends in with the inside
▲透过室内看到的城市风景 City view through the inside
▲层层递进的框景 Layered framed scenes
▲一层平面布置图 1F Plan
▲二层平面布置图 2F Plan
品牌方：ABC CAMPING COUNTRY、失物招领、三十六鸥
Address：1-2F, Fine Arts Building, 62 Beiting Lane, Xuanwu District, Nanjing
Designed by：mou architecture studio
Project Area：600 sqm
Principal Designer：Zhuang Wu
Design Team：Shiyu Fu ,Jing Chen ,Yiwen Li
Construction Support：Nanjing Baiquan Decoration Engineering Co.
Lighting support：Weiguang Lighting
Flooring：Nanjing Bangxi Building Materials Co.
Brand：ABC CAMPING COUNTRY, Lost&Found, 36ou
Main materials：concrete blocks, cement, stone, willow wood plywood