Dujiangyan Zhongshuge: a surreal bookstore that look like endless in China

For a book lover, stepping into a bookstore is always exciting, but a bookstore in China makes the experience absolutely amazing.
Dujiangyan Zhongshuge, a bookstore in Dujiangyan, Sichuan Province, relies on strategically placed mirrors and gleaming black tile floor to create a stunning illusion that makes the place look like an endless bookworm’s paradise.
The roughly 3,200-square-meters bookshop was designed by Li Xiang, founder of Shanghai-based architecture studio X+Living, and inaugurated in the Fall of 2020.
Using elements like spiraling staircases, curved archways and strategically-placed mirrors, the designers of this unique bookstore were able to create a downright stunning illusion of infinity.

Li Xiang reportedly took a month to design the place and the construction process lasted five months, which is impressive, considering the complexity of the project.
Insiede, large, arched walnut bookshelves dominate the space, but its the infinite illusion create by the mirrored ceiling and gleaming tile that really make the place unique.
The execution was so perfect that even knowing the trick, one still has to struggle to see where the actual shelves start and where they stop.

One method the designers used to achieve this infinity visual effect was to covering the upper shelves with a print of shelved books rather than actual books, so it would appear that books stretched from floor to ceiling.

If we placed real books on the upper shelves, it’s not only hard for readers to reach them but also difficult for operators to take care of,” Li said. “The store already has a collection of over 80,000 books, so there’s actually no waste of space.

Light also plays an important role, so each bookshelf comes with its own light belt.
This not only enhances the infinity effect but also makes it more convenient for readers to find books on the shelves.

Images from web – Google Research

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