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Jingwen Zhou

MA work

196A Piccadilly was originally built as a bank designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in the early 1920s. 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 eighteenth century this area was a centre for booksellers and publishing houses.  Recent technological developments have posed a threat to the traditional book but it would appear there is still an appetite for beautifully presented volumes.


The project proposes an art bookshop that will provide customers with a peaceful 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 ‘stairplace’ 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 materials: 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.


  • MA Degree


    School of Architecture


    MA Interior Design, 2018

  • Degrees

  • Experience

  • Placement, Kinnersley Kent Design, London, 2017; Placement, Interiors with Art, London, 2014
  • Exhibitions

  • Graduate Shoot, Nottingham Trent, 2016; Free Range, London, 2016; Work in Progress, RCA, London, 2017; Free Range, London, 2017
  • Awards

  • Best Visual Award, Graduate Show, Nottingham Trent, 2016
  • Conferences

  • Publications