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CROX Designs Shen Living Library in Shanghai

by Sophie Cullen on Jan 8, 2016 in Interiors
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CROX completes Shen Living Museum flagship store in Shanghai

The comprehensive store incorporates 11 different experience spaces including a bookstore, a cafe, a leather workshop, a florist and a handcraft classroom. Situated in the Zendai Himalayas Art Center designed by Arata Isozaki, the design for the project was led by Taiwan-based architect C R Lin.

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Working within the twisted organic forms that make up the building in which the space is housed, Lin opted for a design concept based on the theme of a “warm current”, adding a soft and leisurely dimension to the large-scale exterior.  Wood has been used for partitioning walls and bookcases that divide the space, contrasting the plain concrete of the structure and injecting an element of warmth.

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Intelligent placement of the cafe, means that the aroma of coffee can be smelt when visitors peruse the cooking section of the bookstore. The cafe also forms a half-outdoor rest door, allowing people to rest and read at leisure. The raised main area of the bookstore and cafe form a circular theatre, providing the perfect stage for in-store activities.

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Located in the centre of the store, an open kitchen and food classroom are set up for adults and children to come together in a light-hearted atmosphere. The firm hopes to express a new sense of Shanghai style with the project.

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