LYCS architecture: jiaxing university library
LYCS architecture: jiaxing university library
sep 11, 2012

LYCS architecture: jiaxing university library

‘jiaxing university library + media center’ by LYCS architecture, jiaxing, china all images courtesy of LYCS architecture




LYCS architecture has been awarded the winning prize for the ‘jiaxing university library + media center’ to be constructed on a traditional chinese campus in jiaxing. the 42,000 square meter facility is surrounded with water and woods, creating a spatial experience with the hierarchy of private and public spaces. arching up above the earth to form passages, the building reveals an internal courtyard as well as roof garden 35 meters above the ground plane to visitors. this encourages outdoor activity, minimizing the division between existing structures and green spaces. sliced corners from the triangular footprint are replaced with curtain walls to introduce natural illumination.

LYCS architecture: jiaxing university library central courtyard and pool




the first level contain a museum, archive and network center with a library on the second floor. instead of stairs, ramps wrap the interior to minimize obstruction of daylight through the interior. outward views to the encompassing landscape weave the experiences between the outdoors, reading rooms and common areas.

LYCS architecture: jiaxing university library atrium

LYCS architecture: jiaxing university library interior

LYCS architecture: jiaxing university library view from across the lake

LYCS architecture: jiaxing university library aerial view of site

LYCS architecture: jiaxing university library

LYCS architecture: jiaxing university library facade patterns are revealed when illuminated at night

LYCS architecture: jiaxing university library site plan




project info:


project name: jiaxing university library & media center architecture design: LYCS architecture architect of record: architectural planning design & research institute of zhejiang university of technology location: jiaxing, china project leader: ruan hao, devin jernigan, zhan yuan project team: vedrana puhalo, jin shanliang, max peterschmidt, li yan, chen rong project period: 2012-2014 size: 42,000 sqm images: courtesy of LYCS architecture

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