Luxury meets literature and they get married in a concrete cathedral. Don’t believe me? Head to downtown Chengdu and the new Fangsuo Bookstore. Architect Chu Chih-Kang has erected his enormous shrine to book shopping near the ancient Daci Temple, taking cues for his design from Buddhist texts.
The atmosphere of a modern temple is achieved with 37 concrete columns that soar nine meters over the heads of humbled customers. Inspiration came from the story of Xuanzang, a local monk who went on pilgrimage to India to bring the wisdom of the sutras home with him.
Watch out Mr Kureishi, there’s a new Buddha of Suburbia on the literary scene.
Via. LSN Global http://bit.ly/1NYrhhR