Hong Kong and Shanghai-based 10 Design has drawn up a striking proposal for a library in Dalian, China.
With a site area of 45,400m2 and a gross floor area of 55,400m2, the building’s shifting mass creates a series of spaces, ranging from intimate courtyards to a dynamic tower volume.
The mass is shaped by views into the site and out towards the sea and mountains – a roof top café on the tower volume provides a panoramic vantage point.
The façade of the library is a dark grey brass that will change colour over time, but will have a natural resistance to the marine conditions and harsh weather.
Smaller voids in the buildings mass will use an anodized aluminum brass alloy to remain vibrant and colourful as the rest of the building transforms with time.