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Natural Beauty Salon, Yushan Rd, Shanghai by Studio DOTCOF


This beauty salon is a renovation project. Our client owns a hair salon originally, located at a corner of a busy crossroad. For some business reasons, client wants to change this shop into a beauty salon. It couldn't be better that a street frontage shop to be used as hair salon, but the problem occurs if we want to change it into a beauty salon. It will serve female customers mainly. Besides selling skin care products, it will also help customer to conduct skin test and skin care treatment, thus the space requires a higher level of privacy. How to create an appropriate quiet, private, and relaxed environment, inside this busy street frontage space? It becomes the first priority challenge in our design.

Designed by Studio DOTCOF

Photographed by Sa Xiao

We created a series of "cave-like" spaces. They are various in size and materials, corresponding to developing levels of privacy. Benefit by the ceiling height of the building, we firstly expanded the existing mezzanine area. A consulting room is been added adjacent to the reception area, thus the customer can use it for skin testing after they enter the shop. Furthermore, the roof of consulting room becomes a communal lounge platform, for the people on the mezzanine to use.

The space of reception area is "mountain cave", is tall, full of different openings and natural lights. We also designed some vertical wood battens to emphasis this tall spatial characteristic. People walk into this tall space by passing through a lower bulkhead from the street, will feel a spiritual lifting-up.