Wutopia Lab Creates a Spectacular Display for a Zhongshuge Bookstore in Suzhou, China

Wutopia Lab made a canopy of perforated, powder-coated aluminum the defining feature of the Zhongshuge bookstore in Suzhou, China. Photography by CreatAR Images.

Built-in acrylic shelving showcases recommended books. Photography by CreatAR Images.

Stepped platforms run throughout the 15,000 square feet. Photography by CreatAR Images.

Fiber-optic cables light the best-seller section. Photography by CreatAR Images.

The canopy descends around the café. Photography by CreatAR Images.

Display counters are abundant. Photography by Hu Yijie.

Each aluminum sheet measures less than 1⁄2 inch thick. Photography by Hu Yijie.

Gaps in the canopy average 2 feet. Photography by Hu Yijie.

The canopy is intended to attract the attention of passersby to the third-story location. Photography by CreatAR Images.

House forms in the children’s section were built by stretching ETFE over painted steel frames. Photography by Hu Yijie.

Carpet is nylon. Photography by CreatAR Images.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. The main hall at Suzhou's Zhongshuge bookstore. Photography by Hu Yijie.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. The exterior. Photography by Hu Yijie.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. LED lights in the best-seller section. Photography by Hu Yijie.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. The cafe. Photography by CreatAR Images.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. The aluminum canopy. Photography by Hu Yijie.

Zhongshuge store floor plan.

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