s e a s h o r e — l i b r a r y

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no doubts this is the most strangely strange yet oddly normal location in the whole world you would go to get some wisdom. unfolding feelings. of distance and loneliness.

beijing based studio vector architects built the aptly named seashore library on the white sands of a beach in Nandaihe, a coastal region in eastern china.

this cast-concrete library sits on a stretch of deserted beach facing the East China Sea and features a tiered reading hall topped by a curving ceiling

the cast in-situ concrete walls are imprinted with the grain of their timber formwork – influenced by the rippled markings left behind on the sand by the wind and water

“it implies a mark of memory in time – wood grains are the marks of realisation process that we want to leave on the library.

also, it softens the hardness of concrete with warmth.”

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“from outside, it looks like a weathered rock that is pure and solid; but inside, what it contains is the rich feelings and experiences”

“when walking into the space, one starts to feel the light, breezes, and sound of the ocean. In here, everyone can slow down the usual pace, and unfold the feeling of distance and loneliness different from the city life.”

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