A bookstore, with its many-layered racks holding new worlds to be discovered, is a wonderful place to get lost in for hours on end. A recently opened shop in Hangzhou, China highlights a labyrinthian interior that seems intended for this very purpose. Created by the company XL-MUSE, the bookstore seems to be one endless catacomb, thanks in part to placed mirrors that throw the internal space into an illusion of infinite rows of books.
The unique bookstore is located on the central plaza of the commercial center of Star Avenue, in the Binjiang District close to the Qiantang River. The space within the store is split into unique sections, each inviting visitors to get lost amongst the numerous of pages on display. The sections include a peaceful reading room with benches to relax on, a grove of white pillars and reflecting mirrors and a whimsical children’s area equipped with a train, merry-go-round, and even a Ferris wheel.