Shanghai Library East

Architect:Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Location:Pudong Shanghai

Project time:2020

Shanghai Library East, a new civic landmark and cultural destination in the world’s third most populous city, has opened.
Inspired by Taihu stones, or ancient Chinese scholars’ rocks, Shanghai Library East emphasizes creativity, collaboration, and public art. More than 80% of the building’s space is dedicated to community activity. The new 115,000 m² library is located in Pudong District - the area known for its iconic skyline and sits immediately next to Century Park –the largest park in the city spread over 140 hectares.

Shanghai East is one of the largest new libraries in the world. Its primary function as a centre of art, culture, and technology-driven learning reflects the modern library’s rapidly changing raison d’être. At the same time, its allusion to classical Chinese scholarship—the building’s form conjures the scholar's rock of the ancient literati—anchors it in tradition. “This important cultural centre for the citizens of Shanghai embraces the idea of ‘collection to connection’—a space to bring people together. It’s the city’s gift to them,” says Chris Hardie, design director for SHL’s Shanghai studio.

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