“Architecture can combine the human existence with a very specific piece of land,” says Gong Dong of Vector Architects. “The site is always the starting point.”
This library on the coast in China was created to provide a quiet, contemplative atmosphere, blending with its surroundings. Though the building looks solid externally, the ambience inside shifts from light to dark as the sunlight moves across the sky.
The building’s design provides a uniquely calming and tranquil experience for the visitor. “That’s the power of architecture,” says the designer.
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