Fon Studio converted a traditional Beijing hutong into a minimalist library and reading room

Fon Studio converted a traditional Beijing hutong into the China's first magazine library. The Spring Whispers Book Club has a view of a nearby canal and is masterfully redone in minimalist fashion. Historic neighborhoods like the one in which the new library is situated are now being classified as landmark areas and their residences are being renovated, transformed and repurposed as new contemporary spaces.

The traditional three-room house was in need of repair, and the architects at Fon Studio kept the building structure while reinforcing it with steel and teak. Grey terrazzo, glass and wood are used to create an organic and open feel in the space. The floor-to-ceiling windows give readers light all day. Finally, the shelves are made of thin white metal, providing the perfect frame for the eye-catching magazine covers that grace its walls.

Visitors can find nooks, tables and even a bar to sit and enjoy the library and its treasures.

Fon Studio

Fon Studio converted a traditional Beijing hutong into the China's first magazine library. The Spring Whispers Book Club has a view of a nearby canal and is masterfully redone in minimalist fashion. Historic neighborhoods like the one in which the new library is situated are now being classified as landmark areas and their residences are being renovated, transformed and repurposed as new contemporary spaces.

The traditional three-room house was in need of repair, and the architects at Fon Studio kept the building structure while reinforcing it with steel and teak. Grey terrazzo, glass and wood are used to create an organic and open feel in the space. The floor-to-ceiling windows give readers light all day. Finally, the shelves are made of thin white metal, providing the perfect frame for the eye-catching magazine covers that grace its walls.