Architecture – The Wormhole Library by MAD Architects in the Chinese city of Haikou is due to be completed this spring. Intended to be “a wormhole that transcends time and space,” the building will serve as a serves as a place to read, enjoy views of the sea, and attend open-air performances within the Century Park along the Haikou Bay coastline.
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“The intimately scaled structure is cast of white concrete as a unit.” Explains Ma Yasong, head of MAD Architects to Archipanic. “The curved concrete walls not only serve as an organic architectural structure, but also connect the ceiling, ground, and walls together.”
The building has been cast from white concrete within formwork that is CNC cut and 3D-printed to maintain the continuous form’s shape. Holes of varying sizes allow the building to breathe while also letting natural light flood the interior. The grey spaces of the exterior corridors provide shaded spots for passers-by to stop and rest.
Once complete, the building will be divided into two zones by a large foyer. On one side will be the library, while the other will be a mixed-use facilities block. The building is topped with a rooftop terrace with views of the South China Sea with a reflecting pool and white-sand filled area on either side of it.
Within the library, people interact directly with both the sky and sea. “Humans are no longer the dominant beings, and architecture is no longer the dominant vessel.” The visitor experience is instead a “glimpse into the universe” – abstract but infinite.
The Wormhole Library allows visitors to “temporarily removing themselves from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As Haikou’s next energetic, popular public space, the library will bring layers of color and activity to the city”.
All photos: courtesy of MAD Architects.
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