Taiwanese designers Chu Chih-Kang Space Design have designed the interior for a new bookstore in Chengdu. Based on the idea of a ‘Sutra Depository’, the designers were inspired by the history of Xuanzhang, a famous Chinese Buddhist monk from the Tang dynasty. He believed that a Sutra Depository would be a private place to store all different kinds of knowledge like books and letters. The designer have mirrored this in the basement space by using raw materials and creating large concrete columns in the space.
Another important part of the design is thinking about ‘nesting’. People from Sichuan and in Chengdu like to ‘nest’, relaxing with friends playing cards and drinking tea. So with this in mind, the designers created multiple sitting areas where people can enjoy relaxing with their books.