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Immerse yourself in this tunnel of books

Who said books were dead didn’t get lost in this tunnel of literature… Created by the Shanghai studio XL-Muse it’s using black mirrored flooring and arched shelves to give you an illusion of infinity where ideas and words can literally transcend onto another level.

The shelving reaches to the bookshop’s ceiling and is then reflected by the floor below, designed to emulate the effect of water. The designers took inspiration from the store’s waterside location in Zhen Yuan, as well as the area’s arched bridges. Studio XL-Muse is adding that:

“In the past, guided by water, many literati and poets visited and gathered here […] The bridges 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.”

The Yangzhou store is only the latest interior XL-Muse has created for the large book retailer Zhongshuge. The studio previously created an oval reading room with stepped shelving for a branch in Hangzhou, too.

Rather than meeting at the top, Yangzhou Zhongshuge’s concave shelving is separated by a lightning bolt-shaped gap across the middle of the ceiling. Reflected on the mirrored flooring, this gap is meant to act as a river, leading customers forward into the store and into a realm of beauty.

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