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Stunning Chongqing Zhongshuge book store offers complete literary immersion

The huge main study inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
The huge main study inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
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Children's room inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
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Children's room inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
Children's room inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
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Children's room inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
Reading space inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
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Reading space inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
A reflective ceiling tops the huge main study inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
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A reflective ceiling tops the huge main study inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
Tunnel with a reflective floor inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
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Tunnel with a reflective floor inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
Staircases double as bookshelves inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
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Staircases double as bookshelves inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
Tunnel with a reflective floor inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
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Tunnel with a reflective floor inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
Lampshade inspired bookshelves inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
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Lampshade inspired bookshelves inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
Staircases double as bookshelves inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
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Staircases double as bookshelves inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
The huge main study inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
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The huge main study inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
Lampshade inspired bookshelves inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
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Lampshade inspired bookshelves inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
Inspired by the city of Chongqing's rich literary history, the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore makes use of tunnels and mirrors to offer its customers for a one-of-a-kind immersive experience
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Inspired by the city of Chongqing's rich literary history, the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore makes use of tunnels and mirrors to offer its customers for a one-of-a-kind immersive experience
A reflective ceiling tops the huge main study inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
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A reflective ceiling tops the huge main study inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
Inspired by the city of Chongqing's rich literary history, the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore makes use of tunnels and mirrors to offer its customers for a one-of-a-kind immersive experience
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Inspired by the city of Chongqing's rich literary history, the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore makes use of tunnels and mirrors to offer its customers for a one-of-a-kind immersive experience
When you visit a bookstore, you might expect to be surrounded by a few paperbacks and hardcovers, but the recently completed Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore in China takes this to a whole new level
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When you visit a bookstore, you might expect to be surrounded by a few paperbacks and hardcovers, but the recently completed Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore in China takes this to a whole new level
The huge main study inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
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The huge main study inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
Staircases double as bookshelves inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
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Staircases double as bookshelves inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
Staircases double as bookshelves inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
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Staircases double as bookshelves inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
Lampshade inspired bookshelves inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
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Lampshade inspired bookshelves inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore

You might expect to be surrounded by a few paperbacks and hardcovers when you visit a bookstore, but the recently completed Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore in China takes this to a whole new level. Inspired by the city of Chongqing's rich literary history, the space makes use of tunnels and mirrors to offer its customers for a one-of-a-kind immersive experience.

According to firm X-Living, Chongqing was quite the draw for writers and calligraphers of ancient China, and its efforts in designing a new book store for the city might inspire a few more yet.

Lampshade inspired bookshelves inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
Lampshade inspired bookshelves inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore

Occupying two levels of the city's Zodi's plaza, the shop features bookshelves shaped as lampshades that emanate warm, bright lights, quiet reading spaces with ceilings lined by bookshelves, and a tunnel where the bookshelves reflect on the floor that draw visitors "deeper into space and knowledge."

A reflective ceiling tops the huge main study inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore
A reflective ceiling tops the huge main study inside the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore

But the most impressive room is the huge main study, where criss-crossing staircases double as shelves and also ladders to access books, while a reflective ceiling creates a mirror image of the stunning space for those that look upward.

There is also a children's reading room with colorful bookshelves shaped to represent Chongqing's landscape, buildings and transport, and a cafe area for visitors to relax over a cup of coffee and take it all in.

Have a flick through the gallery to see the impressive Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore from all angles.

Source: X-Living

3 comments
Wolf0579
But you can only buy books that glorify the leadership of the central committee. Forget finding ANYTHING on Tienanmen Square Massacre, that happened 30 years ago. That bit of butchery has been edited OUT of Chinese history.
noteugene
Meh, I fail to see how it could "draw visitors deeper into space & knowledge." That sounds like an architech's sales pitch in order to gain design approval. But I can see how it provides an illusion of granduer which I'm just fine with. Beautiful. But let's leave the sales pitches at home.
JimRD
I went there a month ago. It is very impressive and immersive. You need to get there early (10:00am) or there will be a long line as they control the number of people inside. They have a small collection of English books. Definitely worth the visit.