Two hours outside of Beijing in the village of Huairou, a library is made of locally-sourced trees and twigs. The 175-sq-m structure seeks to blend with its natural surroundings, while providing a space for quiet contemplation. It’s made fully of local wooden sticks, which villagers typically gather to fuel cooking stoves. Xiaodong stacked the wood to frame walls, cladding the building with texture in an ecologically-sensitive manner. Cracks between the exterior twig walls allows for daylight to stream inside, creating the perfect ambiance for reading.
‘We wanted to use architecture to enhance the appreciation of the natural landscaping qualities,’ says architect Li Xiaodong. The library is about five minutes outside of the village’s centre, in wooded mountains.