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Yet again another library competition I made here at TJAD, and for the second time in a row we won the 1st place. It is for the new campus of the Hebei University of Science and Technology in Tianjing, one of the oldest universities in China. The building has 45’290m2 and is 8 floors (40m) high. It has space for 2’400’000 books and 4’500 seats. The shape of the building was derived from its location on the campus, and from the two non-perpendicular axis. Functionally, the building is clearly divided. The base of the building is designated to offices, a network center, meeting rooms, exhibitions spaces and a large auditorium. This way the West entrance reserved for the offices and the the network center while the East entrance is reserved for the meeting rooms, exhibition space and the auditorium. Having taken care of the secondary functions inside the base, we were able to keep the library itself pure and clean inside the main, central part of the building. There are two entrances to the library. One from the North, on the ground floor, and one from the South on the second floor. The South entrance was put on the second floor in order to not disturb the functions in the base of the building. Additionally, did we emphasize the staircase by extending it all the way to the East entrance. Together with the sloped roof of the base, this creates a smooth transition from the site to the building. The site’s design extends the buildings functions into becoming a place where people can stay and take a break from the stress of their studies.
Internally, the library is organized in a way so that the functions that are more frequented are on the lower floors while functions which are less frequented are on the top floors. This brings a great improvement in terms of circulation. Furthermore, do we have the public elevators located in the center of the building which ensures the shortest distance to all of the building. However, our goal was to reduce the elevator’s traffic as much as possible which is why we added a dense system of public staircases. Two great atria, that are subdivided by the 6th floor, ensure plenty of natural lighting and an open atmosphere. (The building is subdivided on the 6th floor because the client intents to use the lower part at the beginning, and later on, once the needs expand, the top floors can be opened up.) Additionally, we took care to position all the reading area along the facade where we can make use of the natural lighting while the books, that get damaged by direct sunlight, were positioned further away from the facade. Furthermore, did we create many “Loft” spaces which greatly improves the quality of the study area while it moves the stacks area away from the sunlight.
Looking at the facade of the building, one may easily be reminded of ying and yang. Indeed were similar principles our inspiration for the facade. Even though the campus is completely new, the North was built in an old fashioned style using bricks while the South uses a more contemporary style. With the twisting motion of the two types of the facade were we able to take up the two styles and connect the North with the South. We also took the interior into consideration, however, which is why the facade has a higher percentage of openings on the lower floors while it closes up towards the top. This action, once again, is to give more natural light where it is needed (study area) while it protects the books in the compact stacks on the upper floors.