Shanghai-based architecture and design studio XL-Muse designed the interior of the Yangzhou Zhongshuge bookshop in China to look like a mirrored, curved water passage.

“The bookstore is the bond between humans and books.”

To inform the design, the architects took inspiration from the store’s location by the water and accompanying bridge arches. “In the past, guided by water, many literati and poets visited and gathered here,” they explained. “[The bridges] used to be the guiding factor of culture and commerce, and they represent that the bookstore is the bond between humans and books at the same time.”

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