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Modern Architecture: Dalian Public Library by 10 Design, Dalian, China

Photo of new modern building proposed for Dalian as seen from the street
Modern Architecture: Dalian Public Library by 10 Design, Dalian, China
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Dalian Public Library was competition entry for 10 Design architecture firm. It was proposed for Dalian, China. Amazing modern architecture, gravity challenging shape and good architectural engineering are things that make this project more than interesting.


The building itself was planned to be 39m tall with 6 public floor above ground and 2 underground. The space supposed to be filled as a library and media center.

"The library is intended to be a transformative environment that pulls visitors into a unique landscape. The building weaves into the ground creating a series of courtyards and topographic undulations- rooting itself, and then sweeping up into the air forming a bold urban landmark. The shifting of the mass creates spaces ranging from the intimate spaces for reflection in the courtyard to the dynamic and expansive views offered from the tower volume. The tower volume has a series of internal voids and terraced spaces to further enhance the variety of spatial conditions and to provide internal connectivity. A series of retail functions including cafes will help draw a larger audience to the library. A large media center that shares the central drop-off can be used after hours and function independently.


The mass responds and is shaped by views into the site and outward to the surrounding sea and mountains. A green hill over the media center forms an outdoor gathering space and amphitheater and will offer water views to the southern sea. A roof top café on the tower volume provides panoramic views of the mountains and sea.

The façade of the library is a dark grey brass that will develop a beautiful patina over time. The metal skin will have a natural resistance to the marine conditions and harsh weather. The smaller voids in the buildings mass will use an anodized aluminum brass alloy to remain vibrant and colorful as the rest of the building transforms with time."
          -world-architects.com

Photo of new modern building at night as seen from the street
Modern Architecture: Dalian Public Library by 10 Design, Dalian, China
©  10 Design

Photo of new modern building and surrounding vegetation
Modern Architecture: Dalian Public Library by 10 Design, Dalian, China
©  10 Design

Photo of new library as seen from the hill looking down
Modern Architecture: Dalian Public Library by 10 Design, Dalian, China
©  10 Design

Photo of new modern library as seen from the air
Modern Architecture: Dalian Public Library by 10 Design, Dalian, China
©  10 Design

Interiors of new modern library showing kids reading
Modern Architecture: Dalian Public Library by 10 Design, Dalian, China
©  10 Design

Interiors of new building as seen from the outside
Modern Architecture: Dalian Public Library by 10 Design, Dalian, China
©  10 Design

Floor plan of new public library in Dalian
Modern Architecture: Dalian Public Library by 10 Design, Dalian, China
©  10 Design

Illustration showing floor plans and their dimensions
Modern Architecture: Dalian Public Library by 10 Design, Dalian, China
©  10 Design





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