Sept. 2013-Nov. 2013
Land area 8602.29㎡
Construction area 4522.20㎡
Basement area 211.94㎡
Treating architecture as a tool, is to reveal, ease, or solve social problems to meet demand of the public.
In this studio project, voices from the residents is set to be the first priority, which is asking for proper public open spaces and convenient access to it. Architecture, then, should not only provide indoor space as a library, but also become an open space encouraging diverse activities to happen.
I believe that many problems deeply rooted in China are partly due to the large population, which is hard to change in a short period of time. But it does not mean architects can do nothing to address the problems.
The library locates in the old HUPO community in Hefei city. Like many other old communities in China, HUPO is densely populated with large groups of senior and young residents. After visiting the neighbourhood, I realized that both groups currently have very limited spaces for their daily activities like dancing and roller skating. Sitting at the center of the community, the new community library should take the challenge to balance the interior building space and the great demand of public space.
The interconnecting “caves” serve as not only a path for residents crossing the site, but also an inspiring spaces for different age groups of residents to hold various activities. And it creates shelter and shading for activities in scorcher and rainy days.