Most people would imagine libraries being made up of large platforms fully equipped with rows of desks and bookshelves stacked on one another with strict division of programs in the building. However, the second prize winning proposal by Seung Hyun, Yuh and Se Hyeon, Kim from studio SH for the new library typology for Gosan starts by examining and breaking apart this hierarchical inclination. By blurring this strict boundary and providing flexibility in its library program, the ‘White Diamond’ becomes not only a place for exploring knowledge but also a space for meditation with diverse private and public experiences. More images and architects’ description after the break. What could be the future of our local library be like? Should it be designed in a specific form adapting new technology of modern days or should it focus on trying to satisfy the needs of the locals? Unlike other developed nations in Europe or America, there has been less opportunity for Korea to explore and provide diverse range of library programs for the community.
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