Chengdu – Architect Chu Chih-Kang has created Fangsuo Bookstore, a retail space selling books and lifestyle goods rooted in a distinctively Chinese luxury sensibility.
Located in a downtown development near the ancient Daci
Temple, Fangsuo Bookstore balances modern luxury with ancient inspiration. Thirty-seven nine-metre-high concrete columns create the impression of a modern temple and support
a ceiling of exposed pipes. Appropriately, given the bookstore’s role as a repository of
knowledge, the architect drew inspiration from the story of Xuanzang, a Chinese Buddhist
monk who lived in Chengdu and made a religious pilgrimage to India that
increased local knowledge of Buddhism. The architect designed the bookstore to
be a modern version of the sutra depositories that housed ancient religious
The Big Picture: The Chinese luxury consumer is growing in sophistication, not only in established markets such as Beijing and Shanghai, but also in regional centres. For more, see our New Emerging Affluents macrotrend.