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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Liyuan library in beijing, china by Li xiaodong/ Atelier

 
November 29th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Li xiaodong/ Atelier

This project is modest addition to the small village of Huairou on the outskirts of Beijing, just under a two hours drive from busy Beijing urban life.

On the one hand it forms a modern programmatic complement to the village by adding a small library and reading space within a setting of quiet contemplation. On the other hand we wanted to use architecture to enhance the appreciation of the natural landscaping qualities.

 

Interior View

  • Architect: Li xiaodong/ Atelier
  • Name of Project: Liyuan library
  • Location: Jiaojiehe Village, Beijing, China
  • Team: Li Xiaodong, Liu yayun, Huang chenwen, Pan xi
  • Floor Area: 175m2
  • Client: Jiaojiehe Village
  • Construction period: Mar 2011 – Oct – 2011
  • Construction cost: RMB1050,000
  • Commissionoing Donors: Luke Him Sau Charitable Trust And Pan Xi

So instead of adding a new building inside the village center, we chose this particular site in the nearby mountains, a pleasant five minute walk from the village center. In doing so we could provide a setting of clear thoughts when one consciously takes the effort to head for the reading room.

 

Interior View

Because of the overwhelming beauty of the surrounding nature our intervention is modest in its outward expression. We can’t compete with nature’s splendor. The building blends into the landscape through the delicate choice of materials and the careful placement of the building volume. Especially the choice of material is crucial in blending with the regional characteristics. After analyzing the local material characteristics in the village we found large amounts of locally sourced wooden sticks piled around each house. The villagers gather these sticks all year round to fuel their cooking stoves. Thus we decided to use this ordinary material in an extraordinary way, cladding the building in familiar textures in a way that is strikingly sensitive.

 

Exterior View

The inside of the building has a very expressive character though; its interior is spatially diverse by using steps and small level changes to create distinct places. It frames views towards the surrounding landscape and acts as an embracing shelter. The building is fully glazed to allow for a fully daylight space. The wooden sticks temper the bright light and spread it evenly throughout the space to provide for a perfect reading ambience.

 

Exterior View

Exterior View

Exterior View

Exterior View

Exterior View

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One Response to “Liyuan library in beijing, china by Li xiaodong/ Atelier”

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