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.
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.”
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.
Atelier Global expects construction to reach completion sometime in 2020.
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