The National Library of China in Beijing is the world’s third largest library and has room for 12 million books. The individual sections of the building combine tradition with innovation. A pedestal building housing the collection of historical written documents, the “Siku Quanshu” (Complete Library of the Four Branches of Literature) , forms the base of the new 27-meter-high library. The glass section between the pedestal and the roof stands for the present and the passing on of the historical legacy. The library is crowned by a hovering roof structure, which houses the large reading room with approx. 2,000 seats and the digital library.
Client: National Library of China
Competition: 2003, 1st Prize
Reading Seats: 2,000
Books: 12 Mio.
Photographer: Hans Schlupp