Yangzhou Zhongshuge: this Chinese library’s interior is designed to look like an infinite tunnel of books

We are in Yangzhou. The Chinese city is known for its graceful arched bridges, proximity to the Yangtze River and the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. Architects kept these local features in mind while designing Zhongshuge Yangzhou, a new bookstore that features something unique, and a real dream for every reader: black mirrored floors shimmer beneath arched shelves that stretch to the ceiling, creating an optical illusion that turns an ordinary, rectangular room into a cylindrical never-ending tunnel of books. A zig-zagging gap prevents the top of the shelves from touching. When…

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#TodayInHistory – August 22

August 22 – Some important events on this day. 565 👉🏼 St Columba reports seeing monster in Loch Ness 1454 👉🏼 Jews are expelled from Brunn Moravia by order of King Ladislaus 1485 👉🏼 Battle of Bosworth Field: Henry Tudor’s forces defeat English King Richard III during last battle in the Wars of the Roses. Richard is killed, the last English monarch to die in battle. 1603 👉🏼 1st stones laid in Zuiderkerk, Amsterdam 1639 👉🏼 Madras (now Chennai), India, founded by the British East India Company on sliver of…

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