Shanghai’s Tallest Building Gets 52nd-Floor Library

By Paul Joseph

City libraries are typically found in historic buildings dating back centuries, but in Shanghai this tradition has been flipped on its head with the upcoming opening of a library on the 52nd floor of the city’s tallest building.

Dubbed ‘Beyond the cloud’s, the all-new flagships store of Duoyun Books in Shanghai will be situated in the Shanghai Tower, which was built in 2015, covering more than 24,000 square feet and accommodating more than 60,000 books.

The exclusive venue has been designed by Wutopia Lab and also offers a variety of other amenties, such as a lecture room, an exhibition space and a café.

Once inside, book enthusiasts are welcomed with translucent bookshelves stacked in layers. Opening with a curved entrance, the space provides a cosy yet light area with large windows offering impressive views of the city.

The store also contains a black study room with a movable bookshelf used as a partition to separate different areas of the room.

The Shanghai Tower is a 632-metre, 128-story skyscraper in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai.

It shares the record of having the world's highest observation deck within a building at 562-metres, and the world's second-fastest elevators with a top speed of 20.5-metres per second.

By Paul Joseph