li xiaodong atelier: liyuan library
li xiaodong atelier: liyuan library li xiaodong atelier: liyuan library
dec 07, 2011

li xiaodong atelier: liyuan library

‘liyuan library’ by li xiaodong atelier, huairou, china all images courtesy li xiaodong atelier




positioned within the small village of huairou, a two hours drive away from the urban center of beijing, china, the ‘liyuan library’ by chinese practice li xiaodong atelier is encompassed within a mountainous and forested landscape. a five minute stroll from the village’s center, the fully glazed interior contains quiet and contemplative reading spaces and a series of platforms which integrate shelving for books. after analyzing the region’s characteristics, an exterior screen clad with ordinary sticks was chosen to conceal the glass facade, receding into the surrounding nature without competing with it.

stepped interior with integrated shelving for books




the original use for the material is to heat the villager’s cooking stoves and was found in collected piles around homes of the area. the locally sourced components were placed in rows with slight spacingleading to an evenly diffused light for a brightly illuminated reading atmosphere. a cubic grid of structural timber encloses the 175 square meter area, becoming a uniform framework for stairs, windows and stepped seating for impromptu chairs.

quiet and contemplative reading nook with views to the mountains

approach from the village

mountains and nature encompass the library

entry elevation recedes into the surrounding nature

void frames views of the landscape beyond


rows of sticks conceal the glazed interior

facade detail

piles of wooden sticks for facade

bundled sticks used to heat villagers stoves were collected as the raw facade material


site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

roof plan










parapet detail

door details

window details

project info:

architect: li xiaodong / atelier team: li xiaodong; li yayun, huang chenwen; pan xi location: jiaojiehe village, huairou county, beijing, china floor area: 175 m2 client: jiaojiehe village construction period: march 2011-october 2011 construction cost: RMB 1050,000 commissioning donors: luke him sau charitable trust and pan xi

  • I’ll bet the bugs and critters love it

    dbkii says:
  • I’ll bet the insects and critters love it

    meagain says:
  • I’ll bet the bookworms love it.

    UngodlyOpalescence says:
  • I like it! maybe I am a critter…. +)

    Leeya says:
  • Can I live there, please? I promise to be quiet.

    SublimeSylvia says:
  • We’ll, everything seemed fine untill along came the Big Bad WOLF,and you know the rest.

    kkkkkeviin says:
  • how to clean the windows, after a while? anyway, nice organic architecture

    long says:
  • Beautiful! I wish more buildings could be like this…

    SARA says:
  • LOVE it, but where are the pictures of it at night?? with the lights on inside id bet it would glow like a lovely big bookcase..

    bumbleberryz says:

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