Located in an area surrounded by water, and bridges, the Zhongshuge bookstore, designed by XL-Muse, is one of the world’s most unique buildings. It’s surreal, jaw-droppingly gorgeous, and kinda looks like a futuristic spaceship.
The reflective quality of the bookstore’s unique design is meant to mirror the architect’s belief that “Water is the cradle of everything.” Located in Zhen Yuan, by the waterfront, the bookstore is a dramatic design hoping to enrich the heritage and culture of this ancient city.
The bookshelf arches, above a mirrored floor, reflect the concept of the town’s arched bridges. The floor resembles rivers, and the tops of the bookshelves recall the city skyline.
Walking into the front door of Zhongshuge, it is the lobby. Through using the concept of arch bridge, the designer extends the visual sign of world of books. Rivers on the floor and in the sky which flow forward lead readers to go deeper into the vast ocean of knowledge. Bookshelves on the two sides extend the shape of the skyline with graceful arcs,just like a bridge over the streams setting up the bridge of mind between readers and books. Keep walking forward and you will find a broader land of books on your right side. Through studying the relationship between arc bridge and river, the designer got a mirrored space relationship. The designer used all kinds of arch to connect all areas,giving a sense of shock to every reader who comes into this space. And the sense of mystery created by the soft light makes all readers thinking of the river under the bridge sparkling in the sun; it helps them to enjoy the happiness of reading with a peaceful mood. The wavy space maintains enough room for readers to sit and share ideas together during Reading Activity.