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Architect Li Xiaodong’s Liyuan Library built in 2011 is located on the outskirts of Beijing, in Jiaojiehe village, surrounded by a mountainous and forested landscape. An exterior screen clad with locally sourced firewood sticks conceals a glass façade, and a series of platforms inside integrate shelving for books and provide seating areas for readers. Firewood was chosen as a way to blend in with the landscape and reflected the local vernacular. It was collected year-round by villagers and used to fuel cooking stoves. Li writes of the decision “to use ordinary material in an extraordinary way, cladding the building in familiar textures in a way that is strikingly sensitive.” The firewood sticks were placed in rows with slight spacing diffusing the sunlight and illuminating the reading spaces. 

Photography: Li Xiaodong

Sources: Dezeendesignboom

Li Xiaodong Wins The Inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize

Li Xiaodong Wins The Inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize

The Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC) have announced that Li Xiaodong has been awarded the inaugural Moriyama International Prize, named after esteemed Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama. The prize, which comes with a monetary value of CAD$100,000, has been established to recognise buildings that are judged to be “transformative, inspired as well as inspiring, and emblematic of the…

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The Liyuan Library in the small village of Jiaojiehe, China was designed by Li Xiaodong and has already won several architectural prizes. 

Located on the outskirts of Beijing, the single-storey Liyuan Library houses its collection of books within a chunky timber frame. Stepped platforms integrate low level shelves and provide seating areas for readers. The sticks cover a glazed shell that encases the library.