Yatufo Applies Festive Hues To Zhejiang Mixed-Use Post Office
A gift shop and event space can be found inside this Zhejiang, China post office that design studio Yatofu has dressed in red, green, and white.
Bund Post Office – which is shortlisted in the Small Business Interiors category at this year’s Dezeen Awards – is located in Ningbo, a city in northeastern Zhejiang.
When Yatofu was commissioned to design the interiors, he first looked at the functions of post offices and how different communities use them.
“Initial research found that post offices are often seen as most needed during times of celebration – that means holidays, festivals, birthdays and of course the culturally significant Chinese New Year,” said the studio, based in Helsinki. .
This encouraged Yatofu to make the Bund Post Office more than a destination where Ningbo residents can simply send mail – the building also includes a gift shop, as well as an event space that doubles as an area. of games for children.
The postal facilities are in a double-height room on the ground floor, which is lit by a series of spherical pendant lights suspended from the ceiling.
On one side of the room is a fluted wood service counter leaning against a wall clad in the same light-colored wood.
The remaining walls have built-in shelving and are painted in a dark red shade, while white and green terrazzo was used to create the scalloped print floor.
Together, the colors are meant to form what Yatufo describes as a “festive palette” which refers to the often festive occasions that require a trip to the post office.
A staircase with an openwork white metal balustrade leads to the store on the first floor. Here there are more purple colored shelves where gifts and keepsakes can be displayed.
The same metal from the stair railing was also used to construct full height display columns; each curves inward to form an arched shape that echoes the pattern on the floor.
Finally, on the second floor is the Events Hall which can be used to host seasonal parties, workshops, children’s play sessions and more.
In keeping with the color theme of the lower levels of the post office, the top half of this room has been made green.
The lower half is lined with wood and fitted with tiered seating, inlaid with square red cushions.
Additional floor cushions and cylindrical wooden stools were scattered throughout.
“In its completed form, the Bund Post Office offers a new perspective on the role of the post in the modern environment”, explained the studio.
“It goes beyond its founding purpose of sending and receiving mail, and provides a hub where visitors can connect with each other through the sharing of gifts, keepsakes and events.”
Yatofu was established in 2017 and is headed by Angela Lindahl and Yihan Xiang.
The studio’s Bund Post Office will face four other projects at the 2021 Dezeen Awards. Among them are the Flamingo Estate Harvest Shop, a pop-up in LA that features adobe displays, and Rookies, a children’s optician in Munich covered in geometric patterns.
The photograph is by Wen Studio.