Over the past thirty years， the population of Shenzhen has exploded from 300，000 to1，400，000 people. It is unique among Chinese cities that sixty-five percent of these residents are in their twenties and thirties， giving it a powerful new energy. The MIXC (Shenzhen Bay) commercial complex is located in a development area facing Shenzhen Bay where hotels， residences， sports facilities， and office buildings are clustered. We designed the 2，475 m2 bookstore on the third floor of this complex， called Yan.
The store‘s Chinese name is 前檐， pronounced “qianyan.” “Yan” is the word for the decorative outer edges of eves on traditional Chinese buildings， which symbolize the East’s extension into the broader world. The owners of the bookstore chose this name because it represents their forward-looking vision of being at the leading edge of culture.
For many thousands of years， China has been making outstanding cultural contributions to Japan and the rest of the world. Recently， bookstores have been opening all over China which on a surface level are beautifully and strikingly designed. However， we felt that especially in this proactive city， it was important to value China‘s originality and individuality， exploring mystical images of the East in the context of globalization.
池贝知子以中国文化的基础 – “东方生活”为理念，希望设计出一个可以让人们深刻自我反思、创造自己独特故事的空间。项目还定位于为人们提供一个“打破思维边界、发现自我”的场所。为实现这一点，她把书店打造成了一个可以感受禅宗佛教平静、庄严精神的地方。
Taking as our theme the concept of “Life in the East”， which lies at the base of Chinese culture， we aimed to design a space in which visitors could engage in deep self-reflection and create their own unique stories. “Think Borderless， Discover Yourself” is the sub-concept and it expresses the shop’s identity as a place for endless self-discovery. To achieve this， we designed the bookstore to be a place where you can feel the calm and dignified spirit of Zen Buddhism.
The interior， with “Zen” as its concept， is devised to make the inner space a very different world from the lavish outer space， by closing off the bookstore with a long facade of rammed-earth wall， reminiscent of layers of deep strata. The rammed-earth wall incorporates soils that varies in color from amber to milky white. These shades form the base for the color scheme inside the store， which was selected entirely from natural earth tones. The bookstore is the focal point， and the tenant stores have been tied in by using the same color tones.
Tile in a mock Italian travertine pattern covers the floor， expressing the idea of accumulation through marble‘s visual representation of earth hardening over many long years. The gold color of the bookshelves derives from the image of minerals within the earth， while the slender， delicate metal shelves express spirituality. By nearly eliminating the presence of these exceedingly thin shelves， the design conveys the concept of immersing oneself in a sea of books.
We installed 5 custom-made original artworks matching the concept. Each piece of art has a theme to match the pattern and concept of the space， and are important elements to help to express a comprehensive world view. The event area and small gathering space are for a variety of events to interact and exchange information. It was devised to include practical ways to transmit ideas and information so that customers will always have new encounters and experiences.
“Yan” is a space to encounter the fountain of wisdom and search for oneself. It is also a space to feel a part of the warm earth itself. We hope that visitors will have a have a quiet contemplative experience and discover a new world within.
室内设计：池贝知子/ ikg inc.
摄影：Nacása & Partners Inc.
合作设计公司：ARTERIOR Co.， Ltd.
Project Name： Yan
Address： No. 2888， Keyuan South Road， THE MIXC (SHENZHEN BAY)， Nanshan Disctrict， Shenzhen， China
Open： December 2018
Sales Floor： 2，475 m2
Designer： Tomoko Ikegai / ikg inc.
Client： China Resources Land Limited
Photographer： Nacása & Partners Inc.
Design cooperation： ARTERIOR Co.， Ltd.
Lighting： Sola Associates
Graphic Design： ujidesign