Designed by S.A.M.O.O. architects, this stunningly curved building represents one out of several branches that will compose together the whole of the National Library of South Korea and is part of a major for the country’s newly relocated government complex.

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The library’s focal point is its whole physicality expressed through the dynamic swoop – according to the architects team the curve is an analogy of a book page being turned over. This could be interpreted as a metaphor for ‘knowledge equals power’ and progress and it offers vast traditional and digital sources for users.

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Even though the front view of the façade is its glazed façade and it represents a flat surface to the attention to the viewer, then it is the large pedestrian plaza and interior arrangement that are crucial for the visitor’s experience. It is confirmed through the spatial connectivity throughout with vast open spaces and is supported by visual signage system as well. The curtain wall glazing lets sunlight in and functions as a light-guide through the space.

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The library accommodates reading/study rooms, seminal rooms and conference halls, while the fourth floor has a dining area and the rooftop terrace offers natural landscape views of the area and the lake.

By Yoana Chepisheva

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