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Mirrored Illusion Creates Never-Ending ‘Palace’ of Books Inside Beautiful New Bookstore


An amazing new bookstore uses gleaming black tile floors and mirrored ceilings to transform the place into an ‘endless’ palace of books.

The magical Dujiangyan Zhongshuge Bookstore in southwest China’s Sichuan Province houses more than 80,000 volumes in more than 20,000 genres.


The books stored within the impressive store extend from floor to ceiling, with mirrored ceilings creating the illusion that the room is infinitely stretched out.

All the books are within reach of the patrons, who can climb the spiral staircase of the bookstore and pass under the 50-foot arches lined with more books, to reach the items they would like.

Spread over two floors and occupying an area of ​​almost 1,000 square meters, the bookcase was designed by Li Xiang, founder of the Chinese architecture firm X + Living.

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Li said his latest project was inspired by the ancient city of Dujiangyan in which the bookstore was built.


She said: “Using the technique of architecture, the designer brings the magnificent spirit of the mountains and rivers into the interior space. Introducing readers to your own elegant and powerful art landscape … a visual feast. “

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That vision seems to be working, and Li explains that upon entering the store, “many people associate the space with a magical world, with the magical feeling that comes from the structure of the shelves and the reflection of the mirrored ceiling.”

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