The Danish architecture office Schmidt Hammer Lassen has won an international competition in 2013 to design a library in the Chinese city of Ningbo, located along the east coast of the country. This new public addition to the port city of Ningbo will become the home for its enormous historic collection. The Ningbo City Library was founded in 1927 and holds in its collection approximately 1.8 million books. The issue is that only half of those books can be stored in the current library. This collection is the region’s largest one for historical and ancient books and it will now be protected in full under the roof of this new library. It will also have the flexibility of an expansion of this collection to up to 2 million books.
Architect: Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects
Client: City of Ningbo, Ningbo Library
Area: 31,405 square meters
Competition: 1st prize, restricted invited international competition
Status: Expected completion in 2016
Landscape architect: Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects