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A mirrored ceiling and glossy tile floor transform this Chinese bookstore into an immersive M.C. Escher-like illusion

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All images via X + Living

X + life is known for its deceptively designed mimicking Zhongshuge bookstores M.C. Escher woodcuts and trippy infinite spaces. The latest iteration is this dreamy place in Chengdu with bold archways, reflective tile flooring that makes the exhibition tables look like floating boats, and a mirror embedded in the ceiling to create a seemingly endless loop of stairs and shelves. Completed in 2020, Dujiangyan Zhongshuge There is a café on the first floor as well as a children’s area with a bamboo forest and pandas climbing on the bookcases. In the remainder of the two-story space, the top shelves along the winding walkways are covered in decorative print that reinforces the illusion of countless volumes and ensures that all 80,000 available titles are within reach of the customer.

Further locations in Zhongshuge as well as the cinemas, family parks and retail areas of the Shanghai-based studio can be found here Page? ˅.

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