Location Haidian District, Beijing
Floor Area 44,600m2
Design Time 2005
Completion Time 2011
Library of Renmin University of China
Situated in the former living area of the campus with several service facilities, the new library was planned as a catalyst for reinforcing cultural identity in such a chaotic environment. The quadrangles inherit the layout of traditional dormitories, while the shallow plan achieves more daylight and natural ventilation for reading spaces. The massive grey walls, sweeping canopy, colonnades, overhanging eaves and traditional pattern lattice as well as the horizontal inscribed board, are elements abstracted from the classic Chinese architecture.