architecture firm D.LIM architects has introduced the doksan library situated in the geumcheon district of seoul, in south korea. the small library generates a comfortable, peaceful environment, with a spacious central atrium, and sixteen skylights illuminating the interior with natural sunlight. 

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all images by youngchae park



in the doksan library, d.lim architects has incorporated large windows that offer generous views, towards the surrounding forest. the ground floor has been formed as a pleasant, bright area, with sixteen skylights piercing the ceiling, placed strategically right above the reading tables. meanwhile, a series of prominent square frames, with indirect lighting, are installed to softly illuminate the tables in the evening. 

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from the lobby, visitors are led to the second floor through a wide-set staircase with an adjacent bookcase. small personal spaces are installed alongside each of the windows on the second floor, where one can sit and read with privacy. these spaces – both dark and bright, full and empty, compact and open, each finished in tones of dark grey or luminous white – partition this library into a composition of binary oppositions.

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project info:


name: doksan library
architecture office: d.lim architects
lead architect: yeonghwan lim, sunhyun kim
design team: jisoo yoon, soohyun park
mechanical engineering: yousungeng
electrical engineering: yousungeng
construction: designplus91
location: geumcheon-gu, seoul, korea
site area: 2,203.89 m2
building area: 792.07 m2



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edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom