Beijing Sub-Center Library
Snøhetta 

Beijing Sub-Center Library

Snøhetta 


The result of a 2018 competition, the library that the Norwegian firm Snøhetta is carrying out in the Chinese capital – in collaboration with the local office ECADI – will rise 16 meters and include a ‘forest’ of white columns reaching up to sustain the roof with abstract forms inspired by ginkgo leaves. Systems for regulating light, temperature, and sounds will be built into them. The self-supporting glass facades will entice passers-by to enter. Inside, the different volumes present stepped inclinations. Photovoltaic panels will be installed on the cantilevering roof. Completion is programmed for the end of 2022.