Golucci Interior Architects Honors Tradition of Handcrafting Fans in Beijing Studio and Retail Locale

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Fan Workshop Beijing offers workshop and retail space. Photography courtesy of Golucci Interior Architects and by Lulu Xi. 

Fan Workshop Beijing offers workshop and retail space. Photography courtesy of Golucci Interior Architects and by Lulu Xi. 

In a nod to the ancient craft of creating fans, Golucci Interior Architects designed a two-story fan workshop and retail space on Qianmen street in Beijing, modeled after the simplistic structure of a fan. And since  handheld fans are synonymous with Chinese and Japanese heritage, Fan Workshop Beijing melds elements from both cultures.

To anchor the space, the design team implanted Japanese-style lines into the existing Chinese structure, ultimately, creating a visual that brings to life the idea of stepping into a beautifully designed fan. “It is an old house in Beijing’s old town that has been put into a brand new contemporary surface,” says LEE Hsuheng, chief designer on the project and director at Golucci Interior Architects, noting the importance of creating an environment that appeals to younger generations, in hopes of reviving craft traditions.

Once inside, visitors can browse a wide variety of fan designs featuring different shaped heads, spines, and handles made from various species of bamboo before heading up to the second-floor workshop. The terrazzo floor tiles and white latex paint throughout add an element of airiness to the the workshop and retail space, as does the overhead cloud art installation. I think the most difficult challenge was how to blend the Japanese and Chinese cultures in this space,” added Hsuheng, noting that the design also serves as a call to action—ensuring the survival of craftmaking traditions. 

The cloud art installation adds a playful element to the space. Photography courtesy of Golucci Interior Architects and by Lulu Xi. 
The workspace is located on the second floor. Photography courtesy of Golucci Interior Architects and by Lulu Xi. 
The minimalist cabinets and display cases further evoke the elegant yet practical nature of a fan. Photography courtesy of Golucci Interior Architects and by Lulu Xi. 
Throughout the day, natural light filters through the wooden lines to produce an array of dynamic shadows. Photography courtesy of Golucci Interior Architects and by Lulu Xi. 
Located in an older structure on Qianmen street in Beijing, Fan Workshop Beijing merges past and present. Photography courtesy of Golucci Interior Architects and by Lulu Xi. 
A small retail space is situated on the first floor. Photography courtesy of Golucci Interior Architects and by Lulu Xi. 

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