"Parlor means living room in French. The Client has a professional background in jewelry design, she want the space to be more like a living room instead of a normal shop and with function that could provide with flexible display for particular jewellery pieces.. At the beginning of the design, we had an thorough understanding of jewelry brands present by the client. Each jewelry, with their unique shape, texture and way of wearing, shows their individual personality. Say takes this opportunity to personify the jewelries, they are the users of the space. Say created a three level living room in the space -- the outer hall, the middle rooml and the inner chamber.
The plan was generated from two circle and one rectangle, the center of the circles aligned in the center of the space creating a symmetrical design. The courtyard landscape was realized with French pine, benches and bushes, friendly allowing visitors to stay, talk and relax. The axle of the courtyard was rotated by 30 degrees, leading to the storefront window, and then, one shall enter the Parlor. Tables, chairs, shelves, fireplace were arranged in the Parlor as it was the main social space in the design. Jewelleries replaced people became the owner in the space.
The opening in the center of the parlor led to the Chamber, the ending space of the tri-layer design. Inspired by Villa Rotunda designed by Palladio, the chamber, constructed with eggshell sandstone, reflective ceiling and floor, serves as a spatial hub, not only hiding the shear wall, but also connecting the counter, warehouse, restroom and fitting room. The Chamber space is a tranquil and elegant ending of the route as we hope it forms an intimate and private atmosphere. " SAY architects > www.sayarchitects.cn
photography (c) Minjie Wang