Sinan books poetry store, the most touching bookstore in Shanghai
"The truth is like poetry. And most people fucking hate poetry."
-The Big Short
Wutopia Lab 以"Church in church"概念在上海历史建筑圣尼古拉斯教堂旧址里用45吨钢铁打造了旧教堂里的新书店---思南书局诗歌店。这是上海最大最全面的专业诗歌书店，提供1000册不同语言的诗集。诗歌店设计延续了Wutopia Lab基于对偶形成的一贯的魔幻现实主义风格：穿孔钢板，半透明，不确定的光线，色彩以及戏剧性的诗意。
Wutopia Lab has completed Sinan books poetry store with the concept of ‘ Church in church’ , using 45 tons of steel in the historic site of St. Nicholas Church in Shanghai. As the largest professional oetry bookstore in Shanghai, it offers 1000 poetry books in different languages. A continuation of Wutopia Lab’s design style, magical realism based on antithesis, perforated steel plates, translucent, uncertain light, color and dramatic poetry could be found in the poetry store.
The former orthodox church at Langao Road #16 is the second batch of outstanding historical buildings in Shanghai. It was built in 1932 and was not used as church for a long time. In the past few decades, it was an office, factory, warehouse, canteen, residential place, and later became a club, restaurant, and finally was in a waste. The first time when I stood in the site, I felt it like a ruin of maze.But after accustomed to the darkness, with the knowledge of architecture and urban historical experience, I can identify the traces of construction that have been gaining from generation to generation since the beginning. Various traces of the addition and decoration of this old church at different times are squeezed together and integrated as ones.
The entire project can only be implemented under the permission of the Shanghai Historic Building Protection Affairs Center. No existing façade, structural system, basic floor plan and distinctive interior decoration of the building could be changed. The façade and layout, new and characteristic decorations on wall and dome cannot be changed as well. It is required to remove the unnecessary walls and floors, such as the steel structure interlayer built in the 1990s. The building space should be cleaned up to reveal its original image and keep the height of the main hall. Shorten the build-on part at east side, aligning to the original part.Tracing the original materials, such as pillars, floral decorations, walls, and flooring. After decades of wearing down, only concrete layer were left in the main hall. A small part of aged stone floor was discovered in the side hall, while others were terrazzo added in the 1970s. After repeated grinding and cleaning of the floor tiles, the oil pollution was still faint and it was regarded as the memory of the factory and persisted.
Church in church
我相信诗歌书店应该是上海这个城市的神圣空间，它要有独立的精神性而不应该假于旧址的宗教性。既然教堂旧址的墙壁天顶不可以触碰，那我就用书架在旧建筑Church中创造一个独立结构体系的新建筑Church作为书店。这就是Church in church。一个现代人的精神庇护所诞生在曾经是某些人的信仰庇护所之内。与砖石砌筑的教堂旧址不同，我用银光闪闪的钢板打造了了这个新书店。书架的隔板和立档都是全焊接钢板网格结构体系的一部分