As one of the world’s largest inland city of mountains and rivers, Chongqing is a city full of surprises and wonderful and charming corners. Since ancient times, its landscape and numerous historical sites have attracted many ancient writers and calligraphers. Until today, Chongqing is still a city of attraction to everyone. Located on the 3rd and 4th Floor of Zodi Plaza, Yangjiaping, the Chongqing Zhongshuge greets visitors with a simple glass facade covered with text. Once inside, scattered “lampshade-shaped bookshelves” are found throughout the dark brown lobby. Visitors can feel as if they were in a bright and warm private study when they read in the warm light projected from inside the lampshades.
▼灯罩书架区 Lampshade-Shaped Bookshelves Area
On one corner of the lampshade-shaped lobby is a quiet reading corridor, with bookshelves extending down the hallway. The bookshelves reflect on the ground and form a tunnel of books that beckons visitors to follow it deeper into the space and knowledge. On the other corner of the lobby is the children's reading room, where the bookshelves are built colorful with drawn Chongqing's landscape, buildings and transportation. Children may feel like in the charming Chongqing while reading in this room.
▼阅读长廊 Corridor Area
▼儿童馆 Children's Reading Room Area
Further down the corridor and the children's reading room is the main study, a “ladder hall” where the stair double as bookshelves and the mirrored ceiling overhead doubles the size of the already astonishing room. The space allows visitors to rest on the shelved steps andbe immersed in books and thoughts.
▼“山形阶梯”阅读区 Ladder Hall Area
Up to the 4th floor from the “ladder hall” is a leisure area, where visitors can enjoy the aroma of coffee or a taste of good tea and immerse themselves into a tranquil world of different stories by reading. The “lampshade-shaped bookshelves” around create scattered booths at this area, in which visitors may gather with friends to have fun reading and enjoy their leisure time. Connected to the leisure area is the extensive reading hall, where works of great minds are listed and visitors are able to broaden their eyes and enrich their spiritual world.
▼休闲区 Leisure Area
▼精品阅读区 Main Study Area
▼精品阅读区 Main Study Area
Zhongshuge Bookstore is a good place to read books, understand one’s life and meet others. It is hoped that visitors to it can not only read good and new books, but also meet friends of the same interests.
▼项目三层平面图 3rd Floor Plan
▼项目四层平面图 4th Floor Plan
Project name: Chongqing ZhongshugeBookstore
Location: Chongqing, China
Project area: 1300㎡
Completion time: 2019.1
Design Company: X+LIVING
Creative Designer: LI XIANG
Project Director: LIU HUAN
Photographer: SHAO FENG