Keng-Fu Lo - Book Fairy, as more than an entertainment space
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Book Fairy, as more than an entertainment space

Keng-Fu Lo

Mixed Use  /  Future
Keng-Fu Lo

Spaces are changing and architects have to follow this trend to keep up with how much our society has changed in the last two years. This project was conceived as more than an entertainment space. It’s a place for people to come and enjoy their weekend surrounded by nature while not having to venture too far from their homes.

A large number of green trees are planted on the property. A green corridor is connected with the park/school on the side to provide a barrier for the residential area.

The building is withdrawn 8 meters from the property line to connect the road, sidewalk and greenery. Integrating the multiple environments in a seamless manner.

The goal was creating a new neighborhood commercial space that is linked together by a series of open-air gardens and public spaces rather than creating a large enclosed community mall. While the front facades are treated with floor to ceiling glazing and metal framing details. Existing trees are well preserved and surrounded with terraces, defining a main dining area of the project.

The landscape provides habitats for native birds and insects with the ambition “to create an environment for nature lovers and future generations.” Moments highlighting environmental awareness are integrated throughout. The landscape supports a local natural ecosystem.

A mechanism for passive cooling was used to improve the overall thermal dissipation of the building. The empty spaces use the naturally occurring wind to remove the hot air which helps provide cooling and airflow in the landscape environment. This represents an innovation in the world of lifestyle/retail design, with a one-of-a-kind relationship between garden and marketplace.

The roof of the property serves as additional parking space while also shielding the floors below from the effects of intense sunshine. The helps reduce the strain on the AC unit due to the interior not being overly hot during the summer months.

The plaza design offers the public an engaging civic space that demonstrates sustainability and reinterprets the environment of the region allowing this mall and bookstore to pursue expansive public programming focusing on environmental activism.

Typically, in sizeable public projects, the emergency stairs is divided between multiple locations. This stairs is sizeable and ensures the maximum safety of everyone using the space in case of an emergency.

On the west side of the building, a vegetation and a horizontal grille block the sun from the west, reducing direct sunlight into the interior, providing a more comfortable reading environment.

It features of spaces each with a familiar human scale - restaurants, galleries, stores, and workspaces that all seamlessly work together. In today’s mega cities there is nowhere to pause, take a breath, sit or simply get back in control of your senses, especially in the stifling heat of Tainan – It’s a place where you can feel at home.


 Kaohsiung City
 Eslite Bookstore
 9925 mq
 Keng-Fu Lo
 Chain10 Architecture & Interior Design Institute
 Chain10 Architecture & Interior Design Institute


In 1996, Keng-Fu Lo established Chain10 with the purpose of combining cutting-edge design and research. The firm operates in every sector of design, with each project encompassing climate-focused and sustainable principles and design that integrate internal and external spaces to create harmonious settings. He believes it is important to build connections between people and the environment and strives for consistency in his designs, from architecture to the interiors. Mr. Lo’s degree in clinical psychology from Kaohsiung Medical School and his consciousness of climate change has helped guide his emphasis on the relationship between people, life, and space and allowed his designs to best suit the human experience while not interrupting the environment.
While having no formal training in architecture, he has managed to assemble an impressive array of projects that have won over 220 awards, including the World Architecture Festival Award and the IIDA Global Excellence Award.

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