Among the 42 projects presented, the international jury – chaired by Luca Molinari and composed by internationally famous architects and critics such as Lucy Bullivant, William Menking, Wassim Naghi, Li Brian Zhang and Elie Haddad (Grand Jury) – decided to award the prestigious ARCHMARATHON Award to the Vector Architects for the “Seashore Library” project.
Jury’s motivation: “A poetic balance between architecture and nature. A human refuge from the complexity of urban life.
The vacation compound aims to create a quality-living area closer to nature.
There are a series of cultural and leisure facilities within the compound, and Seashore Library is one of them.
The design key point is focused on exploring the co-existing relationship of the space boundary, the movement of the human body, the shifting light ambience, the air ventilating through and the ocean view.
The library faces the ocean to its east. During seasons of spring, summer and fall, it not only serves the community residents at west, but opens to the public as well. The design began with section.
The library houses a reading area, a meditation space, activity room, a drinking bar and a resting area. According to each space, we establish a distinctive relationship between space and the ocean; define how light and wind enters into each room.
If we slice through the building along the north-south long axis, we can see how each space elaborates itself with ocean distinctively.
And the movement and memory of human body together choreographs a series of experience.” Source by Vector Architects.
- Location: Beidaihe New District, China
- Architects: Vector Architects
- Category: Arts & Culture
- Award: ArchMarathon
- Year: 2015
- Photographs: Su Shengliang, Xia Zhi, He Bin, Hal Chen, Courtesy of Vector Architects
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