Guiyang Zhongshuge Bookstore, the bookcase that surrounds you endlessly

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2 July 2019

The architects of x+living have created the Guiyang Zhongshuge Bookstore, an immersive bookshop in which experience is as important as culture.

We’ve already talked about the Chinese studio x+living and the library that looks like a work of Escher and today we’re back to talk about it because we found another library worthy of note. It’s called Guiyang Zhongshuge Bookstore and it’s in yen shang fang zhou, China. The entrance gives onto the square of a shopping center and from the outside, everything seems normal, the magic is enclosed within. 

The architects thought of creating a place that would start from the culture and importance of books and transform them into a sensory experience. As soon as you enter, you find yourself in a corridor, the highlight of the bookcase, which looks like a tunnel and completely envelops the visitor. The walls and ceiling are covered with shelves and books and the floor is mirrored, creating an optical illusion that transforms the room into an immersive installation. 

The corridor leads to intimate and isolated study rooms, perfect for finding all the concentration and silence necessary for reading. Here, too, the ceiling and mirror floor lengthen the bookcases to infinity, making the space seem much larger. 

The library ends with a monumental conference room and a children’s area consisting of a quiet, white room. 

Discover the beauty of the Guiyang Zhongshuge Bookstore in our gallery. 

guiyang zhongshue bookstore | Collater.al 2
guiyang zhongshue bookstore | Collater.al 2
guiyang zhongshue bookstore | Collater.al 2
guiyang zhongshue bookstore | Collater.al 2
guiyang zhongshue bookstore | Collater.al 2
guiyang zhongshue bookstore | Collater.al 2
guiyang zhongshue bookstore | Collater.al 2
guiyang zhongshue bookstore | Collater.al 2
guiyang zhongshue bookstore | Collater.al 2
guiyang zhongshue bookstore | Collater.al 2

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