An elegant 19th-century building in the historic center of Bucharest, Romania that had been closed for a quarter-century recently reopened as a nearly all-white book emporium called Cărtureşti Carusel (Carousel of Light). The local firm Square One designed the bookstore in a style that combines the building's fin de siècle aesthetic and symmetry with curvaceous minimalist interiors. The striking six-story building once belonged to a famous Romanian banking family, but was confiscated during the country's Communist period and turned into a department store. In addition to some 10,000 books, the space includes an art gallery and a restaurant on the top floor.
"We minimized the chromatic elements in order to make room for the play of lights and shadows generated by the central skylight," said the architects at Square One. "The sinuous shape of the floors creates a dynamic atmosphere similar to a moving carousel."
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