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LiYuan Library / Li Xiaodong Atelier

  • 01:00 - 24 July, 2012
LiYuan Library / Li Xiaodong Atelier
LiYuan Library / Li Xiaodong Atelier

LiYuan Library / Li Xiaodong Atelier LiYuan Library / Li Xiaodong Atelier LiYuan Library / Li Xiaodong Atelier LiYuan Library / Li Xiaodong Atelier +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Li Xiaodong, Liu Yayun, Huang Chenwen, Panxi
  • Area

    175.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011

From the architect. 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. 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.

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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.

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.

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48 Comments

Fjordi_Rroshi · May 22, 2016

Like. (y)

Srilata Gangulee · July 07, 2015

In certain regions of India, in the summer, reed or fragrant grass curtains are hung on the windows, doors and walls. They are sporadically sprayed with cold water that keeps the rooms cool. This library reminded me of those homes. Does it snow in this village?

Ma Ne · January 30, 2013

Love it!
Great spacial impression on such a small scale!

Romain Belutaud · August 28, 2012

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Leah Kyllo · August 22, 2012

Wooden sticks collected by Huairou villagers was incorporated into this library’s exterior. (via @archdaily) http://t.co/Um9bUKF9

Ksenija Jezabek · August 22, 2012

Very smart! Love it!

Nicholas F Arthurell · August 22, 2012

“Wooden sticks collected by Huairou villagers was incorporated into this library’s exterior. http://t.co/JxoOKlSa” love it

Architect vatsal · August 22, 2012

Wooden sticks collected by Huairou villagers was incorporated into this library’s exterior. (via @archdaily) http://t.co/Um9bUKF9

The-Helmet Magazine · August 21, 2012

Wooden sticks collected by Huairou villagers was incorporated into this library’s exterior. (via @archdaily) http://t.co/Um9bUKF9

lareese hall · August 21, 2012

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mintshung · August 21, 2012

Probably one of the best building in contemporary Beijing. LiYuan Library / Li Xiaodong Atelier http://t.co/w1Z3fQFC via @archdaily

reThink Wood · August 21, 2012

Wooden sticks collected by Huairou villagers was incorporated into this library’s exterior. (via @archdaily) http://t.co/Um9bUKF9

NatAcostaClopatofsky · August 12, 2012

Que buen proyecto!!! http://t.co/nzbEUU2k #archdaily

Ken Smith · August 12, 2012

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osman ghaffar · August 12, 2012

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ricole fedyna · August 11, 2012

The result of when #architecture is well integrated into its surrounding environment. #IndigenousDesign http://t.co/Z6IKbZfx via @archdaily

Iván Caballero · August 11, 2012

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Erik Werner · August 11, 2012

Also wood, and VERY attractive. http://t.co/BA6XNzgH

arquiteturaremota · August 11, 2012

integrada na natureza http://t.co/5uMsLCi1

Mars · July 30, 2012

Nature is the truest architect of the world. Contrast buildings as out of element opposed to nature being out of place. Beautiful.

DoorandWindowParts · July 28, 2012

Love the little peekaboo windows in this AWESOME library in China: http://t.co/IyI9bPRh #architecture

teo · July 27, 2012

Li Xiaodong Atelier-"LiYuan Library" : http://t.co/orsT9Ewe

Melodie Yap · July 27, 2012

Limited library space? Interesting interior design that how designer redefining and recreating the space :) http://t.co/HnA0dLKe

Kim Saggers · July 26, 2012

I love the simplicity in the details. It is nice to see something that blends so nicely into it's context as opposed to breaking with it violently.

Rosalind · July 26, 2012

brilliant, beautiful, wish I was there

Pablo Andres · July 26, 2012

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daniella molina · July 26, 2012

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César Lerzundi · July 26, 2012

LiYuan Library / Li Xiaodong Atelier | ArchDaily http://t.co/EocnlDNX vía @archdaily pero que bueno!

Panos Voulgaris · July 26, 2012

Great architecture all-around today. A (very) serene library space, by Li Xiaodong: http://t.co/RsfkEted /via @archdaily #architecture

Panos Voulgaris · July 26, 2012

Great architecture all-around today. A (very) serene library space, by Li Xiaodong: http://t.co/y3DoIF0V /via @archdaily #architecture

Harris Karim · July 25, 2012

Wish a library like this existed in London - quaint and peaceful. Amazing arrangement RT @ArchDaily LiYuan Library http://t.co/QD2roSQ5

Jasem Nadoum · July 25, 2012

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Meneghetti · July 25, 2012

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ellen forsyth · July 25, 2012

LiYuan Library / Li Xiaodong Atelier http://t.co/yMRNNlIM via @zite a village library which fits well

Vat Jaiswal · July 25, 2012

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José A. Rodrigues Nt · July 25, 2012

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that kid. · July 25, 2012

oh my god libraries. http://t.co/xmakrC1J

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RMSovichArchitecture · July 25, 2012

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Anderson Hsieh · July 25, 2012

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Nezar Ahmadi · July 25, 2012

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Nicholas Patten · July 25, 2012

LiYuan Library. http://t.co/peyZpNTd

Sudar Khadka · July 25, 2012

Fully glazed then permanently screened seems kind of wasteful. But then again, its hard to argue this since it fits the site so well. Really well done overall

Michael Henoch · July 25, 2012

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zoomstudio · July 25, 2012

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tristan emig · July 24, 2012

Really nice. I was skeptical about the sticks actually diffusing light but they seemingly do in a few of the pictures.

hmm · July 24, 2012

Initially thought the same..was perfect.
However..kind of redundant to put twigs on top of the glass uniformly throughout the building. Also feels scary.

The twigs seem arbitrary and aren't intellectually put into place like the stones in Herzog de Meuron's winery.

I like the overall effect on the exterior. Interior..no.

hhh · July 24, 2012

perfect

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