The Pullman Magazine - - Places And People To Love -

Ac­cord­ing to nov­el­ist Som­er­set Maughan, “to ac­quire the habit of read­ing is to con­struct for your­self a refuge from al­most all the mis­eries of life.” This is pre­cisely what the XL-MUSE ar­chi­tects in col­lab­o­ra­tion with De­sign Di­rec­tor Li Xiang and her team have suc­ceeded in do­ing with the Hangzhou Zhong­shuge book­store, only a two-hour drive from Shang­hai. Lo­cated in the Star Av­enue de­part­ment store close to the Qiantang River, this en­clave that one might think as taken out of Alice in Won­der­land has im­me­di­ately been dubbed “most beau­ti­ful book­store in the world” by its large me­dia fol­low­ing. With its oval read­ing room, cas­cad­ing shelves and mir­rored ceil­ing, this book­store of­fers an un­fore­seen ex­pe­ri­ence for books and ar­chi­tec­ture en­thu­si­asts alike. And even the kids can have fun in the li­brary’s play­ground, which in­cludes a merry-go-round, among other at­trac­tions. If that does not in­spire the happy read­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, noth­ing will!

Pull­man Shang­hai Sky­way, 15 Dapu Road, Huangpu, Shang­hai, CHINA

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