a dark library where every single book has its own light, by chu chih-kang

a dark library where every single book has its own light, by chu chih-kang

to help the visitors pick the book they really want to read, the taiwanese library designed by chu chih-kang studio features a very low lighting. when one steps inside the space, they are able to look inside themselves, and then carefully explore the variety of the 300 bookshelves with the pieces, each highlighted separately.



with book covers on nearly 300 bookshelves facing outward, chu chih-kang’s display allows books themselves to recount their personality and story to the visitors. the carefully-designed lighting only illuminates the books and creates an illusion that they are floating in the air. a yakisugi (shou sugi ban) table can be found in the bookstore, offering ample lighting to visitors who prefer to spend more time reading their book in detail.



the floor here is covered with carpets, which can absorb echoes as well as the sound of footsteps. with lighting concentrating on books and other objects, visitors won’t notice the presence of other people in the store. with less person-to-person interference, visitors can choose whatever book they like to read without worrying about other people looking at them as well as focusing on reading without disruption.










project info:


location: dayi warehouse cluster, pier-2 art center, kaohsiung city (c7-6 warehouse, 2-1 dayi street, yancheng district,kaohsiung city )

area: 185 sq meter

owner: wuguan books

design: chu chih-kang space design

designers: chu chih-kang / lin tan-hua

completion: 2018.01

materials: carpet, iron frame, LED, yakisugi (shou sugi ban)


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