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Designed by Yi Chen and Muchen Zhang of the Chinese studio Beijing Fenghemuchen Space Design in partnership with Beijing Capital Land, the new Yue Library in Hangzhou, China is a versatile hub for cultural and community services. In addition to book reading and borrowing services, the library hosts movie screenings, concerts, international music festivals and more. Natural wood is largely used throughout the 10 meter high interior space with wall-like bookshelves creating a dense forest space feeling.
“Natural wood is a material filled with vitality, whose temperature and touch are quite similar to those of human beings,” the designers say. They add that the material palette was kept to a minimum to highlight the innate property of wood in a simple and unpretentious manner. In addition to White Oak plank wood, complementary materials include a Mongolian black stone floor with metal mesh and aluminium wood veneer ceilings.
The interior space is divided into several horizontal layers, forming platforms for various activities in different spatial dimensions. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow in large quantities of natural light and at the same time provide views of the garden outside. Corridor bridges serve as pathways through the virtual forest space.
“Walking into this jungle of books, you can draw inspiration from a vast pool of wisdom,’ the designers say. “This is where you can immerse yourself in writings, interact with ideas and authors from the past and the present, and explore possibilities and spiritual needs; traverse the boundaries of urban life, and break down the psychological barriers between individuals.”