Ever wondered what the Louvre would look like as a mall?
Commercial design, aesthetic beauty, and individual enrichment take center stage in a new architectural project in Xi’an, China, an area which has experienced a decline in foot traffic and public interest recently. The project itself amounts to four open stories lined with bookshelves and commercial zones, according to designboom.
Chinese design firm Gonverge Design aims to push the boundaries of beauty in commercial spaces with the help of architects Lafonce-Maxon. The original construction site was actually unused for three years before Gonverge began work on the project.
The mall will look a lot different than it did originally, especially after three years of neglect, but the design team will capitalize on the original structural foundations to produce a wholly unique new space. Most importantly, Gonverge will keep the massive, barrel-vaulted glass ceilings which flood the space with natural light.
The revamped 400,000 square-foot space will feature wall-to-wall bookshelves in a sleek setting that capitalizes on the modern design mantra “culture & commerce,” which helps designers envision a space that looks and feels like a one-of-a-kind architectural gem.
This “free hall of knowledge” will allow mall-goers to feel like they are embarking on more than just another shopping trip each time they step into the elegant and reader-friendly space. Vast atriums and community-focused activity spaces, all lined with shelves and shelves of books, will lend an air of something truly magnificent and astonishing, like walking into a lofty train station.
Details on the mall’s completion date vary. For more information, visit Gonverge’s Facebook page here.
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