Wutopia Lab's latest bookstore in Shanghai borrows from traditional Chinese garden design

Bookshelves made from perforated aluminium and quartz stone double as partition walls in this maze-like Shanghai bookstore by local architecture studio Wutopia Lab.

The 452-square-metre bookstore, which opened last month, is located at the base of a recently completed brick-red office block called Cifi Xintiandi (known as “The Roof” in English) by Ateliers Jean Nouvel.

The bookstore is located at the bottom of a red-brick office block

The interiors, which are made up of interconnected cave-like spaces peppered with seating, a water feature, small trees and pot plants, were designed by Wutopia Lab for property developers CIFI Group.

“The client,

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