Wutopia Lab wraps bookstore in perforated facade to mimic clouds

Architecture studio Wutopia Lab has used layers of perforated metal to transform two disused buildings on the banks of Taizhou’s Yongning River into a bright and modern bookshop.

Rather than demolishing the existing buildings or attempting to perform “cosmetic surgery” on their cluttered, commercial facades, the studio decided to simply wrap the structures in white aluminium panels.

Duoyun Bookstore’s Taizhou outpost (above) features a perforated aluminium facade (top image)

The resulting facade offers varying levels of translucency, revealing traces of the original buildings that now house Chinese retailer Duoyun Bookstore’s first outpost outside Shanghai.

“By controlling the perforation

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