shenzhen book city design

Chinese City to Build Bona Fide Book Paradise

Attention book lovers: heaven is a place on earth, and that place is Shenzhen, China.

 

Atelier Global, a Chinese architecture firm, recently announced that it has won a competition to design ‘Shenzhen Book City’, a massive library and public gathering space in the Long Hua arts district of Shenzhen.

 

shenzhen book city

 

The striking new complex is part of a bid by Shenzhen to promote their fledgling cultural district in a city primarily known as a manufacturing powerhouse.

 

According to Atelier Global’s statement, the facility will feature a façade made of “vertical shading devices” meant to remind visitors of “the dynamic condition of flipping a book.”

 

book city interior with dynamic light shades

 

20% of the ‘Book City’ will be a “flexible cultural space” for hosting literary exhibitions and other cultural events.

 

The architects emphasized the open nature of their design, dubbing it an “urban cultural-living room” where Shenzhen residents can easily gather to enjoy books and greenery.

 

green space in book city

 

Atelier Global expects construction to reach completion sometime in 2020.

 

All images courtesy of ArchDaily.