French architecture firm completes four-winged library in Yingkou, Liaoning Province
In 2012 Valode & Pistre Architectes (VP ARCHITECTES) won the international competition of YINGKOU LIBRARY in Yingkou, Liaoning Province. It is a referential public building in an urban area stressing its functional use and full incorporation into the surrounding landscape.
VP Architectes is one of the leading International French Architecture design groups with many branches around the world. Its design work has spread into 16 countries, focussing on large public buildings, business centres and residences. The group has been actively working in China for more than seven years with operative offices in Beijing and Shanghai. This particular project is located in Yingkou, Liaoning Province. The local government expects to forge a brand new district by constructing the cultural building, thereby setting a benchmark for urban taste and appeal.
Archives to be held within the building will record the history of city evolution and development while the library is the beneficiary of a long history and a profound cultural heritage, upholding its great mission to pass on and promote Chinese culture. The whole building is compared by VP Architectes to a cloud flying above the sharing platform repository of history. Its architecture blends a light facade with a graceful solemnity but is distinctively different from the surrounding conservative architecture with its stylish characteristics.
The simple concaving volume embraces aerial greening and rest space which is protected by a diverse number of functional facades highlighting various visual effects. The central lobby and double-height reading space combine to achieve an elegant coherence and perfect harmony between building and surrounding environment.
VP incorporated the concept of ‘cloud computing’ into design to extend the function, service channels and service radius of the archives and library as well as transforming a traditional building into a popular multimedia complex. The project is composed of a 24m-high main building and urban sharing platform on the 2nd floor with an elevation of 6m. Auxiliary public service facilities are located on the ground floor and level one including a lecture hall, multimedia hall, parking, etc.
Urban public sharing space on the 2nd floor provides citizens with a rest place permeated with profound cultural significance and richness. The library, archive, urban construction archive and real estate archive are to be located from 3rd to 5th floors operating separately without impact on the public-orientated nature of sharing platforms.
Furthermore, sun-breaking louvers enriching the building appearance are incorporated into the façade to optimise sun control efficiently with advanced design and operating options. VP Architectes has combined greening gardens and rest spaces into the overall design to build up a much more pleasant internal circumstance simultaneously while fulfilling its functional use.