In 2016, the architectural firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects won the competition for the design of the new Shanghai Public Library which will be located in the eastern part of the city next to Century Park. The 115,000-square-meter building will be built in Pudong District and will welcome 4 million visitors per year and 1,200 conferences per year.
The building is designed as a singular monolithic object floating above the canopy of the park. The main volume is set above two pavilions that will house a 1,000-seat auditorium, an exhibition space and a children’s library opening onto a series of courtyards and landscaped gardens.
The library itself is organized around a large central atrium and is in the form of three staggered reading rooms that open and connect to various parts of the library and the city. The design is carved and twisted to reflect the surrounding park and sky through a clear glass facade. The glass panels are arranged in horizontal stripes giving the building the appearance of a striated rock.
Library in Shanghai will Open end of 2020.
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