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Imaginative Library in Rural China is Made of Twigs

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A humble village library in rural China represents a completely original approach to creating a shelter with wood.

Simple wooden sticks temper the bright light and spread it evenly throughout the space to provide for a perfect reading ambience.

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Jiaojiehe village near Beijing commissioned an innovative architect to design the new library, Li Xiaodong.

HomeDesignFind covered his Bridge School Project – which won the Aga Khan Awards.

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Internally, the library is supported by an exposed modular chunky timber frame that is both strong and interesting aesthetically.

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Outside the thick frames, a glazed glass shell encases and weatherproofs the structure.

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On the outside of the glass, locally sourced twigs are inserted into a modest wooden frame to hold short lengths in an organized fashion.

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The villagers gather sticks like these all year round to fuel their cooking stoves, and have piles of them outside their houses.

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The new building makes use of this ordinary and locally familiar material in an extraordinary way.

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Instead of adding a new building within the busy village center, the architect chose to site the new library in the nearby countryside, an easy five minute walk from the mountain village.

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The idea is to provide a quiet and contemplative setting when one consciously decides to go and visit the reading room.

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