This beautiful library by Li Xiaodong Atelier is nestled in the small village of Huairou in China. Its interior features plenty of cozy nooks and crannies to read in and great care was taken with the exterior to make sure that it would blend with its natural surroundings. I really want to hang out there even though I can’t read a word of Chinese. They’ve gotta have some picture books, don’t they?
By Isay Weinfeld. Weinfeld has a signature look throughout his projects of infusing nature with architecture. This concept is manifested in multiple ways such as Weinfeld’s choice of materials, wood and stone, and his ability to incorporate several species of plants and water features within the residence.
“This free-standing wooden tower re-evaluates the concept of the ‘archive’. …The project investigates how small spaces can focus our energies and thoughts in moments of study, meditation and self-reflection. Accessed via a spiral staircase, the tower invites visitors to explore the structure, have a leisurely browse through the books, and select a private reading chamber in which to enjoy their selection.”