New year new library

10 Jan

… sort of, since the library I came across while leafing through a magazine actually dates to 2011. Yet I found it such an inspiring building that I couldn’t resist the temptation of using it in this first 2014 post.

LiYuan Library interior

The LiYuan Library, in the Beijng district of Huairou, is the work of Li Xiaodong Atelier and amazingly succeed – as the pictures show – in the designers’ aim of using «architecture to enhance the appreciation of the natural landscaping qualities. 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 […] 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» (pictures and quote from

The use of locally sourced wooden sticks on the library exterior and the intimate play of light and wood in the interior are but two of the fascinating solutions adopted by the architects.

Have an inspiring new library year!

LiYuan Library exterior


One Response to “New year new library”


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    […] to the growing workload – which has prevented me from blogging after the New year’s post of last January 10 (!) – my colleague Janneke Staaks and I have decided to join our efforts […]

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