WORDS Cheri Morris RENDERS SAN
Wormhole Library, designed by Chinese architecture studio MAD, will be a beguiling home for books that overlooks the South China Sea.
Located in the city of Haikou, on the Chinese island of Hainan, Wormhole Library is the first in a series of seven pavilions that are to be built along the coast of Haikou Bay as part of a rejuvenation plan. Currently under construction within Century Park, the monolithic curved concrete library building is set to house over 10 000 books, as well as facilities for users of the park.
The building’s serpentine form – one that is continuous in nature, with many twists and turns – will be cast from white concrete within formwork that is CNC cut and 3D printed. Divided by a large covered foyer, half of the building will house the library, and the other a facilities block comprising toilets, showers and bicycle storage.
The library itself will be built around a central, two-storey reading room that is dappled in pools of light and fresh sea air – courtesy of wormhole-like skylights and windows. The ground floor will feature a cafe, reception area, office and VIP room, while the floor above will host a tunnel-like children’s reading room and sea-view reading space.
On the very top of the building, a rooftop terrace that boasts untrammelled ocean vistas will also feature an artificial beach, complete with reflecting pool and soft white sand.
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