The second floor of the YJY Maike Centre Flagship acts as a lobby for the Grand Hyatt, which runs on the upper floors. In keeping with the idea of hospitality, there is also a coffee bar to encourage socializing. This level plays to the Ikegai’s gallery concept. Low ceilings, dark flooring, and display boxes set into a 165-foot-long “Book Street” all help evoke the atmosphere of a gallery while tying into the bookstore below. Specially commissioned artwork reflecting themes appropriate to the location and Xi’an’s rich history round out the experience.
Japanese designer Tomoko Ikegai created the interior of the YJY Maike Centre Flagship bookstore and commercial space.
Books are a central theme in the design, including dramatic lighting that looks like sheets of floating paper.
Located in Xi’an, the bookstore’s design was influenced by libraries and galleries as places for cultural exchange.