Losing Yourself Among Bookshelves at Eslite in Taipei, Taiwan
Eslite, the largest bookstore chain in Taiwan, has a flagship store in Taipei's Xinyi District. If you're fond of literature, you've probably seen your share of humongous bookstores. But if you're a foreigner inside Eslite—which boasts six stories above ground, a few underground, and one million books—the book-browsing experience is different. More than just a place to buy books, Eslite aims to be a "cultural window to the world." Architect Chen Rui-xian created a series of art-filled, futuristic spaces lined with inviting places to sit and read—the ultimate 24-hour hangout for bookworms and perhaps something more, a cultural world unto itself.