Shanghai Library

The project is conceived as a singular monolithic object floating above the tree canopy within the park. The main library volume floats above two pavilions that will house a 1200 seat performance venue, exhibition and events space and a dedicated children’s library, that will all open up towards a series of landscaped courtyards and gardens.

Shanghai Library - Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects

Shanghai Library – Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects

The library volume is carved and twisted to reflect the surrounding park and sky, and continuously clad in a facade of clear, insulated and fritted glass. The glass panels are arranged in horizontal bands that are angled to minimise solar glare in addition to horizontal louvres – allowing unobstructed panoramic views to the park and city beyond.

Shanghai Library - Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects

Shanghai Library – Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects

The library itself is organised around a grand central atrium in the form of three staggered reading rooms that open up and connect to various parts of the library and various contextual parts of the city from Century Park to the east, a new library park to the south and the city to the north and west.

Shanghai Library - Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects

Shanghai Library – Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects

The project completes a trilogy of cultural projects alongside the Science & Technology Museum and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre – all which surround the centre of the Pudong Government – and sit alongside Century Avenue that links Century Park to the Business District that forms the now globally recognisable skyline of Shanghai.

Shanghai Library - Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects

Shanghai Library – Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects

In 1995, Shanghai Library merged with the Shanghai Institute of Scientific and Technological Information resulting in an advanced and comprehensive public library, the first in China that combines public library services with Scientific and Technological research functions.

Shanghai Library - Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects

Shanghai Library – Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects

Project Info
Architects : schmidt hammer lassen architects
Location : Shanghai, China
Competition : 2016, International Competition, First prize
Year : 2020
Client : Shanghai Library/ Shanghai Pudong Government
Structural Engineer : Schlaich Bergermann Partner (Shanghai & Stuttgart)
Climate and Environmental Engineer : Transsolar (Munich)
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer : Buro Happold (Beijing & London)
Facade Engineer : Drees & Sommer (Shanghai & Stuttgart)
Type : Library

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