See the beautiful bookshop built in the middle of a rice field

<em>Photo credit: Chen Hao</em>
Photo credit: Chen Hao

Off the coast of eastern China sits a beautifully-built bookstore in the middle of a rice paddy field.

The Xiadi Paddy Field Bookstore, dreamt up by the Librairie Avant-Garde is located in the heart of the Xiadi Village, Pingnan, Fujian.

aerial view of the Xiadi village, photo credit: Zhuo Yuxing

The building, once an abandoned residence, was transformed into a modern, architecturally-designed bookstore in by Beijing architecture firm Trace Architecture Office.

Design concepts, photo credit: TAO

Surrounded by lush rice paddy fields, the bookstore is designed to blend in with the area’s natural landscape.

Much of the new construction is hidden inside the remnants of the old house, making it appear as if nothing has changed from the outside.

Bookshelf stairs, photo credit: Chen Hao

“The remnants serve as a container that wraps around the new construction,” said the architects.

Concrete and steel form the basis of the construction, creating a dialogue between the contemporary and traditional.

Light coming through the ceiling in the reading area, photo credit: Chen Hao

Striking features include detached floor slabs that let light in through a skylight, and an enclosed book display formed between the new concrete and earth walls.

Second floor reading area, photo credit: Chen Hao

The building also features a theatre space and café from which visitors can experience an unparalleled view of the whole village and surrounding fields.

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