JinHua Architecture Park’s Book Bar, designed by Michael Maltzan, expands the important confluence between the book and architecture in Chinese history: in the third century B.C.E., a descendant of the philosopher Confucius concealed several of his texts in a wall when the emperor ordered all Confucian writings burned.
The pavilion form pulls its central wall outward into two unequal, cantilevered arms, each concealing within a public space for learning. The smaller wing is perforated by an abstract pattern, forming a reading porch open to the park beyond.
Its perforated walls and openings creates an ever-changing montage of spaces between, within and beyond the structure and the viewer.
Photos by Iwan Baan