Chinese architecture studio MAD has completed the Cloudscape of Haikou, a sinuous library and waystation.
The library is casted in seamless white concrete on the coast of the Chinese island of Hainan.
The library is punctuated by large curved cut-outs that frame views of the sea, sky and land and allow natural light and air to enter, immersing visitors in nature and the coastal landscape.
“We want the library to be an urban space that people would like to make part of their daily lives. Architecture, art, humanity and nature meet here, and they will open up a journey of visitors’ imaginations to explore and appreciate the meaning that different beauty brings to their lives.”
The form of the library was achieved using a precise CNC-cut and 3D-printed formwork and double-layered waffle slabs on the floor and ceiling.
Inside, the Cloudscape of Haikou’s library is divided into two zones by a large foyer. On one side is the library, while the other is a mixed-use facilities block.
The library encompasses 700 square metres and includes a reception area, office, flexible reading and event space alongside a children‘s area with alcoves and an intimate reading space overlooking the water.
These spaces are arranged around a central reading room containing 10,000 books, and linked together by curved sliding doors that retract into the walls.
Cloudscape of Haiko is complete with a large rooftop terrace, a pool and white-sand filled area at ground level.
Architects and artists including Anish Kapoor, Sou Fujimoto, Thomas Heatherwick, Bjarke Ingels, Kengo Kuma, and MVRDV are also developing structures for the project.
The Cloudscape of Haikou was one of 10 buildings in our roundup of architecture to look forward to in 2021.
It featured alongside Tadao Ando‘s revamp of the Bourse de Commerce in France and MVRDV’s greenery-lined high-rise building Valley in the Netherlands.