You might expect to be surrounded by a few paperbacks and hard covers when visiting a bookstore, but the recently completed Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore in China takes that to a whole new level. Inspired by the rich literary history of Chongqing City, the space uses tunnels and mirrors to provide its guests with a one-of-a-kind immersive experience.
According to the X-Living company, Chongqing attracted writers and calligraphers from ancient China, and its efforts to design a new bookstore for the city may inspire a few more.
Occupying two levels of the city’s Zodi Square, the boutique features lampshade-shaped shelves that emanate warm, bright lights, quiet reading spaces with shelving-lined ceilings, and a tunnel where the shelves hang out. reflect on the floor which draw visitors “deeper into space and knowledge.”
But the most impressive room is the huge main office, where the crisscrossing stairs double as shelves and ladders to access books, while a reflective ceiling creates a beautiful mirror image of the space for those watching. to the top.
There’s also a children’s reading room with colorful shelves designed to represent Chongqing’s landscape, buildings, and transportation, and a cafe area where visitors can relax over a cup of coffee and enjoy it all.
Browse the gallery to see the impressive Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore from all angles.