Chinese architecture studio X+Living has completed the design of the second Zhongshuge bookstore in Beijing. Located within the Galeries Lafayette department store, the studio has referenced classical Chinese gardens and connected various functional areas with different formats of space layout, sketching a flowing path for consumers to explore.
Zhongshuge’s first Beijing store opened in 2019 and the company now has more than 20 stores across the country. This store in Galeries Lafayette, which has been designed by X+Living, is the third overall Zhongshuge store for the studio with at least three more in the works at the moment. At 1,110 square meters (11,948 sq. ft), this is by no means the largest Zhongshuge bookstore, but it has a few design elements that make it stand out and appear larger than it is.
According to the studio, the bookshelves are both a canvas and a wall, making the entrance appear like a painting that unfolds gradually. Looking through the doorway, the depth of the entire space is faintly visible, attracting visitors who can’t but help walk inside the bookstore to explore its beautiful interiors that celebrate books at every turn.