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Bookstore draws inspiration from Chinese history

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This spectacular new bookstore features multiple spaces in different styles, including a futuristic lecture theatre

Information about the city of Chengdu has been printed onto the glass in the entryway

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Architect: X+Living
Photography by Shao Feng

It appears there’s still plenty of room for innovation in the bookstore space, as this new example from X+Living shows. The store features several different areas, each designed for different purpose. There’s the traditional ‘Borders’ style area with multiple levels, a children’s area with colourful mushrooms and bear-shaped shelves and a lecture area designed for impromptu lectures.

Architect Li Xiang explained that the store reflects the culture of Chengdu (the city in which the store is based). In fact, there’s even information about the city in the entry window, embedded directly in the glass.


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