X+Living, which has already designed many bookstores scattered throughout China, has just completed a new stunning bookstore in Chongqing for its client Zhongshuge

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A big place located at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers, in southwest China, Chongqing is a growing city, full of charming places. Located on the third and fourth floors of the Zodi Plaza skyscraper, Chongqing Zhongshuge bookstore welcomes its visitors with a simple glass façade. The surprise is hidden inside. This bookstore, set on 1,300 square meters, seems to have been designed to catch the attention of readers and architecture enthusiasts.

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According to X+Living, the practice established in 2011 by young Li Xiang, books become a real compositional and creative material, ideal for crafting scenographic and photogenic environments.

In the entrance covered with mirrors, for example, the shelves are reflected on the floor forming a tunnel of books that invites visitors to follow it. The shelves of the children’s reading room are painted with the landscape, buildings and means of transport typical of Chongqing.

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In the main room, the double staircase with bookshelves and the mirrored ceiling double the size of the room creating amazing effects.

[Text Luisa Castiglioni-Ph. Shao Feng]

 

 

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