‘Art Bookshop’ – Introducing Jingwen Zhou

We collaborated with Blueprint Magazine to display projects from RCA students graduating from Architecture and Interior Design degrees in our Dallington Street showroom.

During the Blueprint from the Future event, Architects and Designers from across the area came to see the exceptional work of these Royal College of Art students being exhibited throughout the space. They certainly have a bright future, so we thought we’d share more about them with you. Today, we learn more about Jingwen Zhou, who is studying MA Interior Design.

Jingwen is from Wuhan, Hubei, China. She studied interior architecture and design in Nottingham Trent University. In 2016. She was awarded the Best Visual in Nottingham Trent Graduation Show. Her final project at RCA was shortlisted for Deans Prize, Best Model and Head of Programme Prize. Jingwen is passionate about interior design and finds inspiration through traveling, reading and sketching. She also enjoys model making.

Project: Art Bookshop.

196A Piccadilly was originally built as a bank designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in the early 1920’s. Piccadilly is an iconic area of central London with a flourishing community of sophisticated galleries, traditional outfitters, independent shops and expensive restaurants. In the second half of the 18th century, this area was a centre for booksellers’ and publishing houses. Recent technology development has posted a threat to the traditional book but it would appear there is still an appetite for beautifully presented volumes.

This project proposes an art bookshop that will provide customers with a peace haven in which to enjoy the books away from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding area. The focal point of the scheme is a central ‘stair space’ that is inserted in the existing volume to provide access to a new mezzanine gallery whilst also defining an events space where newly published books can be promoted.

The detail of the scheme utilises a combination of sophisticated and simple material: leather, brass, ash and terrazzo are complimented by more straightforward materials such as Valchromat. The manner in which these materials are combined together is inspired by the work of Carlo Scarpa.

You can find out more about Jingwen on the RCA website.