Liyuan Library by Li Xiaodong, China

October, 16 2012 10:00

Posted inArchitecture

What if architecture functions as an exaltation of nature? What if architecture, therefore, is an instrument through which to seek a peaceful communion with our habitat? Probably we would deny the deep essence of man and his propensity to create, transform and colonize space. After all, even when man simply needs to navigate to recognize the places he lives in, a process of pure and creative design is triggered.

Then it would be enough for the human kind to acknowledge its inferiority to the magnificence of nature, in order to find a better balance with it.

 

Photo: Li Xiaodong atelier

 

Photo: Li Xiaodong atelier

 

Li Xiaodong shows reverence towards the landscape where he places his library, through a process of material mimesis. The bundles of branches with which the village people light the fire for cooking, the same broken branches from the surrounding trees, become fragile brise soleil and an entire coating for a steel framed box.

Outside, nature is reassuring and encourages contemplation. Inside, the space is protective, intimate and "visually quiet". It is inside the library that we find again the familiarity of nature.

 

Photo: Li Xiaodong atelier

 

Photo: Li Xiaodong atelier

 

Photo: Li Xiaodong atelier

 

Photo: Li Xiaodong atelier

 

Photo: Li Xiaodong atelier