July 19, 2017
Chinese architects have completed a bookwormhole in Zhejiang Province
by Simon Reichley
Imagine you’re in a wormhole, rocketing across spacetime at the speed of light, plummeting through the multiverse like a lead weight sinking to the bottom of a cool, clear lake. Now imagine that, while doing so, you’re attempting to find a cheerful beach read, or a vegan barbecue cookbook. That—we assume—is the experience that architectural firm XL-Muse was trying to capture with their interior design for the branch of Zhongshuge, a Chinese bookstore chain, in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province.
Sure, yesterday’s Mashable profile by Yi Shu Ng claims that the design “took inspiration from Yangzhou’s famous waterways and stone bridges that were referenced by Chinese classical poets, like Li Bai, who lived in the 8th century, and Du Mu, from the 9th century.”
But look at this! This one hundred percent looks to be a rift in the spacetime continuum. And one with a crazy lightning-bolt-looking gap in the ceiling!
For reference, here’s a totally real wormhole, which connects the University of Tübingen and Boulogne sur Mer in France:
And a collection of stills from Roland Emmerich’s 1994 documentary on wormholes and ancient Egypt, Stargate:
Simon Reichley is the Director of Operations and Rights Manager at Melville House.