This Chinese Bookstore Is Like A Palace With Its Unique Chandeliers

Japanese designer Tomoko Ikegai created the incredible interior of the YJY Maike Centre Flagship bookstore and commercial center.

Ikegai wished to evoke the feeling of a gallery and a library across the nearly 50,000 square feet of space. Guests are welcomed by a massive 33-foot-tall bookcase with dramatic lighting that looks like pieces of paper floating above the open spiral staircase.

“Libraries are spaces for learning and valuing independent time, while galleries serve as intellectual spaces for displaying culture,” IKG Inc shared. “The design blends elements of both and also incorporates features of palace architecture in order to encourage visitors and the store to collaboratively exchange and develop creative ideas.”