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A New Bookstore Uses Mirrors to Create the Illusion of an Endless Palace of Books

A New Bookstore Uses Mirrors to Create the Illusion of an Endless Palace of Books

The Dujiangyan Zhongshuge bookstore in China is home to over 80,000 volumes in more than 20,000 genres.

Every book lover knows that book stores and libraries are magical places. A room that holds a million stories has something special to it and many people look for the most elegant, artistic or otherwise most gorgeous places for readers to relax and discover their newest beloved tale.

 

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A newly opening bookstore in southwest China’s Sichuan province may have them all beat. Using a series of mirrors to create the optical illusion of an endless palace of books. All of the books are within easy reach of customers, who can ascend the bookstore’s spiral staircase and pass under towering 50-foot archways lined with yet more books, to get to the items they’d like.

This incredible work is the creation of Li Xiang, founder of Chinese architecture firm X+Living. She said, “Using the technique of architecture, the designer moves the magnificent spirit of mountains and rivers into the indoor space. We present readers with their own elegant and powerful artistic landscape… a visual feast.”

That vision seems to be working, with Li explaining that on entering the store, “Many people associate the space with a magical world, with the magic feeling coming from the structure of the bookshelves, and the reflection of the mirrored ceiling.”

 

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