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14 May 2020

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Architect: schmidt hammer lassen architects

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Ningbo New Library, an elegant blend of cultural functions by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, completes in China

Located on the edge of an ecological wetland, the new public library in Ningbo is Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s first completed library project in China

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NINGBO, CHINA— 14th of May 2020—After opening its Shanghai studio more than 12 years ago, Danish architectural firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects realizes its first library project in China, the 31,800-square-metre Ningbo New Library. Located 200 kilometres south of Shanghai at the centre of Ningbo, China’s new cultural hub, the library is a vital element in the ongoing development of the city.

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Founded in 1927, the original Ningbo City Library held the largest collection of historic and ancient books in the region and attracted three to four thousand daily visitors. The new library, with its open, accessible architecture, aims to double the number of daily visitors and become the cultural heart of the community.

Ningbo New Library Building in China by SHL

“We first came to Ningbo seven years ago when the Eastern New Town area of Ningbo was just beginning to slowly redevelop,” said Chris Hardie, Partner and Design Director Shanghai at Schmidt Hammer Lassen. “To see the library completed and part of not only the new ecological wetland landscape, but also the fabric of the local culture, is a rewarding milestone for our team.”

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An airy, welcoming new home to two million books

Ningbo New Library is organized around an 8,000-square-metre open “square” on the first level. It comprises the most popular library functions and collections including the main lobby, reader services, children’s library, 24-hour library, a library for the visually impaired, two lecture halls, a café, and the grand reading room. The ground floor is visually open on all sides, connecting it to an external public plaza and a landscaped ecological park and lake.

Ningbo New Library Building in China by SHL

“We wanted to create a very legible building for Ningbo,” says Hardie. “The previous library was quite labyrinthine, so Ningbo New Library has an intentional spatial clarity.”

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In the heart of the library is a central atrium that cuts vertically through the building’s five levels. The generous, 28-metre-high space connects the ground floor square with a series of quieter research spaces and the historic collections on the floors above. The use of natural daylight in all interior spaces is optimized through the building orientation, and natural ventilation is maximized through the central atrium.

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A landscape of contemplation

The spatial and architectural concept for the library creates a strong identity at the heart of the development. The journey to the main entrance over the wetland takes the user through a journey of escapism and contemplation where bridges, walkways, water, and nature blend as one sculptural landscape. A distinct and open facade welcomes visitors while casting a shimmering reflection on the lake.

Ningbo New Library Building in China by schmidt hammer lassen architects

The serene surrounding library landscape contains gardens where ponds form habitats for aquatic plants and animals and where the sky reflects in the pools’ surfaces. The landscape acts as a retreat for meditation and contemplation where people can disconnect from their busy daily lives and enjoy tranquility and relaxation.

Ningbo New Library Building in China by schmidt hammer lassen architects

Ningbo New Library is one of several Schmidt Hammer Lassen projects that have recently completed in Ningbo, China. The firm has also recently completed the headquarters for Ningbo Daily Newspaper Group as well as the sprawling Ningbo Home of Staff.

Ningbo New Library Building in China by schmidt hammer lassen architects

About Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, part of global architecture and design firm Perkins and Will, is one of Scandinavia’s most recognized and award-winning architectural practices. The company was founded in Aarhus, Denmark in 1986 and is led today by partners Morten Schmidt, Bjarne Hammer, Kim Holst Jensen, Kristian Lars Ahlmark, Chris Hardie, Rong Lu, Mads Kaltoft, Kasper Frandsen, Elif Tinaztepe, Tiago Pereira, Rasmus Kierkegaard, and Sanne Wall-Gremstrup.

Ningbo New Library Building in China by schmidt hammer lassen architects

The firm provides skilled architectural services all over the world, with a distinguished track record as designers of international, high-profile architecture. Cultural and educational buildings, offices, commercial, retail, and residential buildings, often in mixed-use developments and complex urban contexts, are cornerstones of the firm’s output.

Ningbo New Library Building in China by schmidt hammer lassen architects

The practice has extensive global experience in the design of libraries and other public and cultural landmark buildings, and its innovative, sustainable, and democratic approach to architecture has attracted global attention, winning more than 100 national and international awards. For more information, visit www.shl.dk.

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Ningbo Library – Building Information

Client: City of Ningbo – Ningbo Library
Architect: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Landscape Architect: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Interior Design: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Building Area: 31,800 m²
Competition: 1st prize, restricted invited international competition
Status: Completed, 2019

Artist collaboration: Richard Sweeney
Art facilitation and fabrication: UAP

Photography: Adam Mørk

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