The gleaming black-tiled floors and mirrored ceilings of an impressive new bookstore turn the space into a “never-ending” palace of books.
Over 80,000 volumes in more than 20,000 genres are housed in the mystical Dujiangyan Zhongshuge bookstore in southwest China’s Sichuan province.
The stunning store’s books extend from floor to ceiling, with mirrored ceilings giving the impression that the space goes on forever.
Customers can easily access all of the books by ascending the bookstore’s spiral staircase and passing through towering 50-foot archways lined with even more books to get to the things they like.
The bookstore was designed by Li Xiang, founder of Chinese architecture company X+Living, and spans two floors and nearly 1,000 square metres.
The ancient city of Dujiangyan, where the bookstore is located, inspired Li’s new project, she said.
She said, “Using the technique of architecture, the designer moves the magnificent spirit of mountains and rivers into the indoor space. We present readers with their own elegant and powerful artistic landscape… a visual feast.”
That vision seems to be working, with Li explaining that on entering the store, “Many people associate the space with a magical world, with the magic feeling coming from the structure of the bookshelves, and the reflection of the mirrored ceiling.”Follow Us