Library of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Shenzhen Campus / Wang Weijen Architecture

Library of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Shenzhen Campus / Wang Weijen Architecture

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Shenzhen, China
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Library of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Shenzhen Campus / Wang Weijen Architecture - Exterior Photography, Windows, Cityscape
campus night view. Image © Chao Zhang

Text description provided by the architects. The library design for the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Shenzhen Campus reconsiders the typical university library in China by breaking the six-story volume into two three-story C-shape volumes, stacked and re-oriented to connects with the adjacent landscape.

Library of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Shenzhen Campus / Wang Weijen Architecture - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
reading room exterior. Image © Chao Zhang

The library building extends the campus’s green mall into its atrium, creating a direct visual connection between the campus and the hill behind the building.

Library of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Shenzhen Campus / Wang Weijen Architecture - Exterior Photography, Facade
library, student center and landscape. Image © Chao Zhang
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Study model
Library of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Shenzhen Campus / Wang Weijen Architecture - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
day view. Image © Wade Zimmerman

The library’s six-story atrium is surrounded by bookshelves and filled with reflected natural daylight. The atrium space extends vertically through the building and laterally connects different reading and study spaces.

Library of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Shenzhen Campus / Wang Weijen Architecture - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
entrance. Image © Chao Zhang

The horizontal volumes capture the surrounding landscape into the building, bringing a sense of naturalness into the densely packed shelving areas.

Library of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Shenzhen Campus / Wang Weijen Architecture - Interior Photography, Stairs, Facade
atrium and walkways. Image © Chao Zhang
Library of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Shenzhen Campus / Wang Weijen Architecture - Interior Photography, Stairs, Windows, Handrail, Beam
atrium. Image © Wade Zimmerman

The skylights filter natural daylight into the center of the library, creating a warm and reader-friendly environment for reading and study.

Library of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Shenzhen Campus / Wang Weijen Architecture - Interior Photography, Stairs, Windows, Facade, Handrail, Beam
atrium. Image © Wade Zimmerman
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Shelving diagram
Library of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Shenzhen Campus / Wang Weijen Architecture - Interior Photography, Lighting, Glass, Facade, Windows, Handrail
reading room and skylight. Image © Wade Zimmerman

From the exterior, the library building extends to connect with the adjacent student center, teaching complex and sunken garden, creating a learning hub for knowledge exchange among students.

Library of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Shenzhen Campus / Wang Weijen Architecture - Interior Photography, Windows, Glass, Facade, Beam, Handrail
atrium skylight. Image © Chao Zhang
Library of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Shenzhen Campus / Wang Weijen Architecture - Interior Photography, Dining room, Table, Chair, Windows
Reading room. Image Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture

The use of material integrates local brick-laying techniques and with a glazing-aluminum curtainwall system. The exterior curvatures of the library building are designed in relation to the turning-and-meandering experience inside, creating a sense of discovery between the built and the natural, and between the vertical and the horizontal.

Library of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Shenzhen Campus / Wang Weijen Architecture - Exterior Photography, Facade, Windows
library and campus walkway. Image © Wade Zimmerman
Library of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Shenzhen Campus / Wang Weijen Architecture - Exterior Photography, Windows, Cityscape
campus. Image © Chao Zhang

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Cite: "Library of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Shenzhen Campus / Wang Weijen Architecture" 10 Mar 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/957527/library-of-the-chinese-university-of-hong-kongs-shenzhen-campus-wang-weijen-architecture> ISSN 0719-8884

main entrance. Image © Chao Zhang

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