MAD Architects design seaside Wormhole Library in southeast China

Ma Yansong's firm reveals the design of the white concrete cast library that will embellish the Haikou coastline and spark public activity in and around the organic architecture.

by STIRworld Published on : Sep 01, 2020

MAD Architects have unveiled the organic design of the Wormhole Library, whose construction is underway, bordering the southern sea in Haikou, China. The library acquires its name from the voluptuous concrete curves of the pavilion that appear to form a “wormhole” that transcends time and space. Visitors can read, relish the views of the sea and attend open-air performances in this multifunctional building set away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

  •  The organic architecture of Wormhole Library complements its seaside location | Wormhole Library by MAD Architects | STIRworld
    The organic architecture of Wormhole Library complements its seaside location Image: Courtesy of SAN
  • Sliding doors welcome in fresh breeze from the sea | Wormhole Library | MAD Architects | STIRworld
    Sliding doors welcome in fresh breeze from the sea Image: Courtesy of SAN
  • Viewing points are scattered around the structure | Wormhole Library by MAD Architects | STIRworld
    Viewing points are scattered around the structure Image: Courtesy of SAN

The Wormhole Library is located in Century Park along the Haikou Bay coastline, facing the sea. The unit is made of white concrete and its organic, curved walls seamlessly merge into the ceiling and the ground. A CNC and 3D printed model had enabled the team, led by Ma Yansong, to cast the structure and ensure accuracy across the curved surfaces. A concrete cavity cleverly hides the MEP services to create a visual consistency across the building.

  • Perforations in the structure bring in natural light | Wormhole Library by MAD Architects | STIRworld
    Perforations in the Wormhole Library bring in natural light Image: Courtesy of SAN
  • Visitors can enjoy unobstructed views of the sea | Wormhole Library | MAD Architects | STIRworld
    Visitors can enjoy unobstructed views of the sea Image: Courtesy of SAN
  • The swooping curves create playful interior spaces | Wormhole Library by MAD Architects | STIRworld
    The swooping curves create playful interior spaces Image: Courtesy of SAN

A 690 sqm reading space dominates the interiors with a cafe, a terrace and storage area for around 10,000 books. A public rest area is furnished with a bicycle parking system, public bathrooms and shower areas. Holes of different sizes allow natural light to flood the interior while welcoming in the fresh breeze from the sea. The grey spaces of the exterior corridors present shady spots for visitors to stop and rest, within the intimately scaled architecture.

  • The Wormhole Library is being constructed at a prime location along the bay | Wormhole Library by MAD Architects | STIRworld
    The Wormhole Library is being constructed at a prime location along the bay Image: Courtesy of MAD Architects
  • Site plan of the Wormhole Library | Wormhole Library by MAD Architects | STIRworld
    Site plan of the Wormhole Library Image: Courtesy of MAD Architects
  • A section through the single-cast structure | Wormhole Library by MAD Architects | STIRworld
    A section through the single-cast structure Image: Courtesy of MAD Architects

Characterised by the local weather conditions, the roof is cantilevered on the exposed side to procure comfortable temperatures. The sustainable and energy-saving building also bears plenty of retractable glass curtain walls and curved sliding doors that improve ventilation, while hauling in sights of the sea.

  • MAD’s Wormhole Library is made of white cast concrete | Wormhole Library by MAD Architects | STIRworld
    The Wormhole Library is scheduled to be constructed by 2021 Image: Courtesy of SAN
  • The terrace offers views out to the Southern sea of China | Wormhole Library by MAD Architects | STIRworld
    The terrace offers views out to the Southern sea of China Image: Courtesy of SAN
  • A mixture of concrete and wood will decorate the interiors | Wormhole Library by MAD Architects | STIRworld
    A mixture of concrete and wood will decorate the interiors Image: Courtesy of SAN

Haikou, the capital of Hainan province in southeast China, was formerly a major port along the Maritime Silk Road. Now, the city stands as a pivotal area of the Hainan free-trade island initiative. To improve the use of public space along the shore, the local government launched the Haikou Bay rejuvenation plan in 2019, proposing a series of pavilions to dot the coast. Several national and international architects are lined up to embellish the bay area, the Wormhole Library by Beijing-based MAD Architects being the first structure to be completed in 2021.

Project Details

Name: Wormhole Library
Location: Haikou, Hainan Province, China
Year: 2019-2021
Site Area: 4,397 sqm
Building Area: 1,380 sqm
Principle Partners in Charge: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano
Associate in Charge: Fu Changrui
Design Team: Qiang Siyang, Sun Feifei, Dayie Wu, Shang Li, Alan Rodríguez Carrillo, Xie Qilin
Client: Haikou Tourism & Culture Investment Holding Group
Executive Architect: East China Architecture Design and Research Institute
Façade Consultant: RFR Shanghai
Construction Contractor: Yihuida Shimizu Concrete

(Text by Ankitha Gattupalli, intern at stirworld.com)

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