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Friday, September 18, 2020
05/06/2015

Vector Architects, library in Beidaihe (China)

 
In a deserted stretch of the beach of Nandaihe, in the eastern Chinese city of Beidaihe, stands this library facing the sea, designed by the Beijing firm Vector Architects. The 450-square-meter building has two floors, and features a tiered reading area, a meditation space, an activity room, a resting place, and a bar. The sedate volume with a rectangular floor plan is built with concrete. Inside, the roughness of this material engages with the warmth of the wood used for the claddings, frames, and furniture. The curved ceiling of the reading area is perforated with circular openings. Natural light also comes in through the large horizontal windows, which frame views on the upper level, while glazed doors open up at ground level to eliminate the limits between interior and exterior. From the roof deck one can enjoy the sound and view of the sea from a narrow vertical strip.
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