Fuzhou Mawei Shipbuilding Library 福州马尾船政书局
As one of the most important cities in modern China, Fuzhou and its memory and culture are more related with "shipbuilding" history in Mawei district.
Now, the project Mawei Shipbuilding Library becomes the starting point and physical space of shipbuilding culture in this city. This space is designed to serve not only as a library for reading but also as a mental space for cultural display and expression.
The structure of the library, situated in the Shipbuilding Culture Theme Park in Mawei District, was originally built as the warehouse of a shipyard. As a hub of the local cultural activities, the library has multiple functions such as promoting cultural awareness of shipbuilding, education, and academic research on shipping culture, etc.
The design is supposed to look back on history of "shipbuilding and shipping" and look forward to the future of "creating a public library" ---it builds a ship structure in the interior through an abstract and modern language; meanwhile, it also explores a new means of culture and communication with library-like services and experiences.
The design uses "ship" as an element, and turns the whole library into an ark sailing in the wave of culture.Borrowing the layout of a traditional ship, the library has a diverse combination of spaces. The bow (front end), midship (middle section) and stern(rear end) turns into different interior spaces, while the open deck, semi-open cabin and other parts are also redesigned in a contemporary manner.