China has unveiled designs for a state-of-the-art, 140,000-square-meter building in Wuhan’s central business district. When opened, it will become one of the country’s largest — and perhaps most stunning — libraries.
To be located at the confluence of the Yangtze River and the Han River, the building, with sleek, flowing facades and three walls of windows, will offer sweeping views of the city. A surrounding park will feature native vegetation with the goal of lower energy consumption. The park’s tall trees will temper intense sunlight and keep the indoor areas cool. Louvers arranged in a bookshelf pattern on the exterior of the building will offer shade and also provide ventilation. Solar panels on the sloping roofs will furnish clean energy, and smart devices will control an efficient lighting system to help reduce the building's carbon footprint. Click here to view design details.
A start date for construction has yet to be announced, so library lovers may want to wait before planning a trip to China. In the meantime, we invite you to visit the Westport Free Public Library - our own slice of heaven, right here in town.
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