Dianju Village Library Competition
Wall of Knowledge,
Wall to Connect
Hong Kong 2019
The idea behind this building is to cre-ate an “inhabited wall” around the pe-rimeter of the site. The wall becomes the library creating a designed Inside/Outside experience for the community to experience. The inner space is lit-erally a sequence of connected rooms inside the thickness of the wall, an in-terstitial space of knowledge, acting as an elongated village living room where people stay and look out to the garden. The outer space is a courtyard inspired by the traditional Chinese academy courtyard, a place to debate and contemplate readings in contact with nature and the elements.
A SOCIAL POETIC SPACE
At the heart of our concept is the no-tion of creating a new social space for the village, a gathering venue where people can disconnect for their dai-ly chores and embrace the poetry of reading. The library is seen as a path, where visitors can choose a fast or slow route, choose to engage or dis-connect while always being connected to the local context. We have kept two key conponents of the original com-plex, firstly the outer perimeter wall as a historical trace of the building’s previous life and the pitched roof steel canopy which allows courtyard spac-es to be protected from the elements.
The new inhabited wall is made with abobe bricks, a local material that al-lows the wall to act as a sustainable living membrane rather than a sealed artificial air-conditioned space that could be anywhere in the country. Fur-niture such as shelves, seats and ta-bles are all inbuilt into the wall and also built from indigenous sourced timber. Rather than the building being built by a team of outside contractors we are proposing that we create simple brick making devise hwre through local par-ticipation the community could build their own bricks and a team of dedi-cated workers help erect them into the wall. Village participation is crucial for the future success of the library.
Prof. Peter W. Ferretto
WANG Haoran Howard
CHEUNG Kat Fu Eric