Wutopia Lab : White Comedy of Xi'an Zhongshu Bookstore

After the impressive Tianjin Binhai Library imagined by MVRDVit is the turn of the Wutopia Lab agency to propose its vision of the contemporary library. Taking place in Xi'an (China), the former capital of the 13 dynasties, the work in turn declines the white variations, curves and futuristic one-strand elements on a 1 886 square meters space.

Nestled on the fourth and fifth floor of Xuhong Plaza, the cocoon imagined by the Shanghai-based studio Wutopia Lab is inspired by clouds and their voluptuousness and proposes a set located between poetic utopia and sci-fi decor. Distributed on 1 886 square meters, the different reading spaces are available according to the proposed works and their audiences. A true white paradise of reading!


The entrance to the library is in the commercial area, at the 4e floor, via a futuristic airlock in the middle of which stands a staircase without pillar to the steel railings unstructured.

At the main level, curved displays made from 300 tons of steel are enhanced by the presence of more than 30 000 light strips unfolding above and under the shelves, giving readers the impression of readings as their favorite books float in the air. The main area consists of 3000 meters of rays spread over ten levels offering popular writings and public reading corners. In the center of this space, structural beams overhang a glass floor and serve as a display hosting the "Book of the month" section.


Children also find their account in this fantasy world. Hidden behind a parallelepipedic space decorated with silvery designs reminiscent of an enchanted forest, the youth library has its own hidden entrances leading to caves and playful tours, where entertaining and recreational works await them.

A magical world where it is good to escape.

To learn more, visit the website of Wutopia Lab

Photographs: CreatAR Images

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