We conceived the future library as an open space with free flows of knowledge exchange. Thus, the main concept of this project is creating interaction amongst different characters within the space - human, book, media, architecture, and environment. We believe that these interactions allow people to gain more knowledge than we imagine. Students are able to easily access all the information and spaces, also actively share their knowledge and experience through a well-designed site plan.
Instead of building a huge concrete architecture, we decided to slice it into three parts with organized entrances of each. The axis was inserted to the program which links the main entrance to the lake at the back, and the concept of urban street was applied to create a plan of shopping mall in the library. It includes spaces with diverse vital functions such as library, gallery, bookshop, student centre, and cafe. This creates a relaxed and welcoming ambience in the library which actually encouraging prosperous social activities to happen between people. Also, it connects to the site condition through a floating enlarged bridge at twenty meters high that students can experience the nature from a relatively different perspective.
For the exterior design, we wanted to create a signature which relates to the library itself - book. So we turned the actions of people taking the book out of the shelf and literally opening a book into the gentle curves with soft texture as the facade of the building. Its design combining with windows also brings plenty of indirect skylight into the library for people to indulge in.
Through the design, we aimed at providing a different thinking of the library which extends the idea of reading to a wider concept of life experience.