With the rise in online retail and the habits of readers changing to consumption via ebooks and the internet, it’s no wonder that bookshops are closing rapidly. This is a shame. There is something tactile about book – somehow you feel more connected to it than a digital screen.
But this isn’t the end. A new bookstore in Hangzhou, China seems to be fighting back at the digital trend with an awesome interior design that uses mirrors to create an optical illusion of endless rows of books. Created by architecture firm XL-MUSE, the inviting space is split into differently designed sections including a reading area, an ultra-modern white columned room and an imaginative children’s play area.