Mountain is the urban form of Chongqing City. Its unique topography formed a business landscape of taking streets as its market place, so that its urban context is diverse and three-dimensional. The Mountain City Alley, with a century-old history, has terrains quite uneven and slopes extremely steep, where buildings, retaining original styles, are staggered up and down along with its surrounding undulating mountains. Based on spirit of the place, MMAKE Mountain City Alley Store, taking “Hidden Vally” as its theme, artfully combined architecture, space, and form.
The first floor, an area for display and sales, has folded facades outstanding from the wall, which is an extension to its local culture and history with its "mountain shape" and also blurs the boundaries between indoor and outdoor. The interior is divided by irregular surfaces which enriches the space with orderly beauty of lines. Besides, black micro-cement paint leave people impression of rustic valley; while walking in the space, people can feel the charm of handicraft and nature, enjoy the fun of exploration.
The intervention of light and shadow breaks dullness in the space brought by its monochrome palette. With jewelry sparkling under the light and mirrors reflecting the illusion of reality and reflection, a subtle sense of delicacy emerged in roughness, echoing the emotional expression of the space.
A light panel stretches across the top of stairwell and extended into the room on the 2nd floor to form a skylight effect, which endows the space with a sense of future. As a workshop for craftsmen, the 2nd floor is comfort and functional with sufficient natural light, witnessing each moment of the burst of inspiration.
The geometric construction extending from indoor to outdoor terrace connected the natural environment with historical buildings so as to build a subtle symbiosis of modern design and the overall order, which is also the penetration and extension of spirit of the place.
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Project Name: MMAKE STUDIO
Project Location: Yuzhong District, Chongqing
Developer: Chongqing MMAKE Cultural Creativity Co., Ltd.
Project Area: 108㎡
Interior Design: LEW & ASSOCIATES
Design Team：Adelson Lew、Lin Cong、Gong Weini
Article&Translation：Yu Zhimin、Ellen Shaw