Another place must to go in Chongqing: the gathering place of foreign languages bookstores and designers
Interior Ancient French Marine Barrack. (Photographed by Guo Xu)
CHONGQING (CQNEWS) -- Chongqing has another place you can’t miss. It is said that the long sleeping Ancient French Marine Barrack has been open for free to the public. With new elements of culture, it might be another destination for culture and art on Nanbin Road. The Ancient French Marine Barrack has realized change of different functions. The main building, annex building and podium are respectively given the theme of “design reading”, “design life” and “design activity”.
Old attic, new decoration, TASCHEN only has two stores in Asia
The main building of Ancient French Marine Barrack is a store of art and design books. The artistic bookshelves are full of a variety of books in foreign languages and they are so attractive in the warm yellow light that you cannot deny to read them. The clerk introduced that all books there came from TASCHEN, an art book publisher founded in Germany. It only has two stores in Asia, with one in Hong Kong and another on Nanbin Road in Chongqing.
Walking upstairs, you will see a uniquely shaped bookshelf in the attic. It is light and graceful and looks like a pleasant sailboat. It is called “Veliero”, which is a classic work designed by Franco Albini, a Neo-Rationalist architect.
In addition, gorgeous crystal lamp, chic silverware and chairs in different shapes are placed in the old attic to integrate the cultural relics and the current life and make them acquire a new lease of life. Moreover, the store will carry out “bookstore + activity” mode to attract customers and organize art salon to attract more artists and designers to experience and communicate there.
Old site, new landmark provides free office for designers
The annex building and podium are used as office and exhibition areas. The podium is called exhibition gallery and displays the history of Chongqing’s port opening. “Next, we will display more works of Chongqing designers to carry forward local culture.” said the man in charge of the Nan’an District Cultural Committee. In the future, more and more designers will come to the Ancient French Marine Barrack to have brainstorms to get inspired and create works to display there.
It is said that the advantaged geographical position and profound culture determine its gift for cultural industry development. To gather outstanding designers to promote their cooperation and create a space for common development and a project gathering innovation and design is another purpose of the Ancient French Marine Barrack. (Translated by Xu Mengmiao, Fathom Language Limited)