Carturesti's Newest Store in Bucharest Defies the Demise of Books

Square One added two mezzanines to the 19th-century building in Bucharest, Romania, that now houses the bookstore chain Carturesti’s largest location. Photography by Cosmin Dragomir/Arcaid.

A mezzanine’s balustrade is painted steel. Photography by Cosmin Dragomir/Arcaid.

Two spiral staircases connect the ground level with the first mezzanine. Photography by Cosmin Dragomir/Arcaid.

Capitel Avangarde designed the skylit rooftop addition while handling the restoration of the existing building. Photography by Cosmin Dragomir/Arcaid.

Structural columns are original, but the oak floorboards are new. Photography by Cosmin Dragomir/Arcaid.

In the basement, a canopy of painted steel rods supports custom LED fixtures. Photography by Cosmin Dragomir/Arcaid.

The uppermost mezzanine hosts exhibitions of contemporary art. Photography by Cosmin Dragomir/Arcaid.

Custom café chairs are natural or painted ash. Photography by Ioan Vladescu. 

Existing granite floor slabs were polished. Photography by Cosmin Dragomir/Arcaid.

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