Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Appointed To Design Shanghai’s New City Library

Nov 30, 2016

Danish design firm, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, was able to overcome competition from architects Kengo Kuma, David Chipperfield and Dominique Perrault to design the 125,000-square-metre Shanghai Library, scheduled to open by 2020.

The library will be situated centrally, as it will join the Science and Technology Museum and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre on Century Avenue, which connects Century Park to the city's business borough.

The main library will seat at least 1200 students, and still have room for exhibitions, events, a dedicated children's library and most importantly, the Shanghai Institute of Scientific and Technological Information. Resonating with Morten Schmidt, Partner, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, thoughts of a library as an inspiration rather than a storage/collection of books, this library will be an interior design and architecture wonder with batons of timber lining the column-mounted platforms (offsetting the otherwise sparse white décor), bands of transparent fritted glass walls framing landscapes over the surrounding park and of the city's skyline for readers.

Plans are also in the works for a library in Christchurch, New Zealand, to replace the building left wrecked after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

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