It is reassuring to see examples of bookstores flourishing in this digital age and in spite of the relentless onslaught of the likes of Amazon Books.
Shanghai Zhongshu Industrial Co Ltd invested approximately RMB10 million in the 930 sq.m. Zhongshuge Bookstore in Hangzhou which was opened on April 23, 2017.
The bookstore owner and book publisher is based in Shanghai and is headed by Mr Jin Hao.
Project design work was carried out by X+Living Architectural Design which was established in Shanghai in 2011 and has since expanded internationally. Li Xiang is the founder and chairperson of the company. She graduated from the University of Birmingham and is a UK RIBA certified architect.
Mushrooms from the land of giants and sweeping bamboo bookshelves give the space a fairytale like visage and mirrored ceilings makes the shop seem larger than it is.