The RMB840 million Guangzhou New Library is still under construction in Wenhua (Cultural) Square in Zhujaing New Town and is five times larger than the original Guangzhou Library.
Though the ‘beautiful book’ was due for completion in 2010, it was the last of the four major cultural buildings to built in the square. The new Guangzhou Opera House, the Guangdong Museum and Guangzhou No. 2 Children’s Palace are all open to the public.
Designed by Japanese architects, Nikken Sekkei Ltd and the 50 meters high Library has 98,000 squares meters of floor space.
The exterior façade and plan lines of the Library are like the Chinese character ‘zhi’ (之) which represents birth, vitality and achievement against the odds.
The Library is designed to complement the three other cultural landmarks which are all disparate in construction. The cream stone like features of the Library represent a stack of books, a large portion of the shelves for its 4 million books will be open to the public.
Light is pivotal to the buildings design to allow natural light into two large atrium. There will also be 6,110 seats and is expected to receive between 10,000 – 15,000 readers per day.
On their website, the architects said, “It is like a huge department store of book and media. Reflecting these futures, we chose dynamic and emotional design for this library,
and that is far from the traditional image as a palace of knowledge.”
Add: The Guangzhou New Library, Wenhua Square, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District