Tianmuli, the city’s art complex with a shopping area, museums, art galleries, office buildings and restaurants, opened on Oct 18. Situated to the northwest of the Tianmushan Road and Gudun Road intersection, the 230,000 sqm complex has 17 buildings and a central square. It’s the first design work by Renzo Piano in China, which took eight years of construction.
The plants were picked by American botanist Paul Kephar, and Japanese garden designer Shunmyo Masuno designed the zen-style courtyard. The space is covered by 50,000 sqm of concrete walls, anodic oxidation aluminum plates, and super white glass curtain walls.
Tsutaya Books, the world’s “most beautiful bookstore,” opened its first store in China at the complex. Besides the latest art books, the 2,000 sqm store also sells home appliances, bikes, coffee and green plants.
The store is open from 10am to 10pm, and admits no more than 3,500 visitors each day with reservation required.