Chongqing Library.
© ZhiHui Gu Chongqing Library.

The 50,000 sm (540,000 sf) Chongqing Library is a stunning urban complex that respects the long and unique culture of its predecessor while looking toward this energetic region’s future. The program exemplifies the transformation from a simple ‘repository for books’ into a civic center that includes an exhibition hall, computer facilities, ancient archives, and reading rooms. Features such as hotel rooms for visiting scholars, a public theater, a conferencing center, and restaurant also help redefine the library as a civic destination. 

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