Tunnel in the sky of books

Enter to find treasure!

Enter to find treasure! Photo credit: Shao Feng

Kurt Kohlstedt of the Web Urbanist architecture and design website is reporting on a new bookstore in the Chinese city of Zhenyuan that incorporates an entryway that resembles a tunnel of books.  Built by the Shanghai firm XL-Muse, the store design, with its reflective floor, mimics the look of the city itself, with the Wu Yang river running though it and graceful circular bridge arches connecting parts of the city across the waters.

Standing amid the displays, how can one choose?

Standing amid the displays, how can one choose? Photo credit: Shao Feng

The bridges of Zhenyuan leap gracefully across the Wu Yang.  Photo credit: Derreck Chang, CNN

The bridges of Zhenyuan leap gracefully across the Wu Yang. Photo credit: Derreck Chang, CNN

Discussing their use of the landscape for the interior of the store, the architects said:

In the past, guided by water, many literati and poets visited and gathered here. [Architectural elements were] used to be the guiding factor of culture and commerce, and they represent that the bookstore is the bond between humans and books at the same time.

If the local Panera's ever fails, the Beamers now have a back-up meeting space (even if a long commute)

If the local Panera’s ever fails, the Beamers now have a back-up meeting space (even if a long commute). Photo credit: Shao Feng

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