This Chinese Bookstore Was Designed with a Focus on Symmetry

By: Mishal Omar - Jul 18, 2016
References: xl-muse & dezeen
It is difficult to tell where the novels end and the reflective surfaces begin in this Chinese bookstore.

The store was designed by the Shanghai studio 'XL-Muse' in Zhen Yuan. The 'Yangzhou Zhongshuge' Chinese bookstore is extremely symmetric and this effect was achieved with the inclusion of mirrored surfaces throughout the space. Part of the bookstore is shaped as a tunnel and has shelves that reach the ceilings -- which are mirrored in the reflective floor. The result is an unusual optical illusion that makes the process of shopping for books at this store an experience rather than a chore. The design of this Chinese bookstore was inspired by its surrounding waterside location and arched bridges.

As technology continues to dominate in most aspects of life, this beautiful bookstore provides a greater incentive for people to read paper books.