As the “world” itself has become increasingly rich and complex, people’s ideas have also been extended to an infinitely broad field. Buildings are no longer rigidly wedded to certain fixed and commonly known styles and routines, but they are showing more pure possibilities.The design of the Sky Library is such an attempt. From the beginning of the design, it has not been deliberately envisaged that “ how the appearance of a building should be like” and more is considered as “how the building itself should be”,a more simple and direct product under the proposition.
▼建筑外观，external view of the building
Shape and space
Looking from the south of the base , the silver-gray building is quietly placed on the grassy slope. The just body and the material of diffuse aluminum plate form dramatic experience,which makes the building appear to be well-defined and similar to blend the background sky.Gradually approaching the main entrance on the west side, the landscape of the building has undergone a fundamental change again – from the aluminum skin that is completely closed on the south side to the ultra-white glass curtain wall that is completely transparent on the west side;from the natural grassy grass slopes on the south side to the west side of the large-span floor overhead, artificial design of the strong pool and metal ramps. It seemed as if the building itself cuts two completely different worlds.
▼建筑位于草坡上，铝板立面和环境相和谐，the building is located on the grassy slope which aluminum facade being harmony with the environment
If the “freedom” of the architectural style and form of the building itself only interpret one aspect of freedom, then the architect undoubtedly tries to express more in the design. The combination of the square and calm mass of the building’s main body and the ramp on the west side that is full of sense of strength and motion, the contrast and fusion between the geometrically segment steps and the waterscape in the courtyard and the natural slope of the entire slope on the south side, the cold and hard texture of the main material of the glass and the aluminum plate serving as a foil to the Parklex woodgrain plates embellished with various warmth and closeness to the softness of nature, are all indicative of its own contradiction and complexity.As Robert Venturi said, modern buildings often sacrificed multiple and comlex things to make the original and essential things in the architecture into idealization ,therefore it became weak and powerless faced with more comlex and more fast changed world. While the beauty that could powerfully satisfy people’s need for excitement,was all from the complexity in our heart.
▼建筑西侧入口，水景、坡道与自然环境对比融合，entrance on the west with waterscape and a long slope, contracting with the natural environment
Therefore, the architect follows meaningful thinking instead of compendious thinking. The design of the building is dismantled into the design of each scene, and it is refused to simply unify its style.For example, the irregular fold-lined wood grain board is boldly applied at the entrance awning, which is a powerful element of the entrance space; the south side of the building continues to the side of the public green space. Most of the first floor is buried under the grass slopes, and subtly concealed a small, exquisite, natural and rich courtyard, which contrasts sharply with the clear spatial relationship on the north side.
▼入口雨棚使用不规则折线形木纹板，irregular fold-lined wood grain board applied at the entrance awning
▼首层埋于草坡下，形成院落，the first floor buried and the grass slope, forming a courtyard on the north side
Yard and sequence
Except the “freedom”of building of its own, the architects hope that the relationship between the architecture and the urban environment is also “free.” Therefore,a completely open and passable bottom shelf space has been made at the main entrance on the west side and a “yard” with blurred boundaries has been created inside the site. The architects think that the definition of“yard”should not be limited to fixed format. Thus,a half-empty ramp making the internal and external courtyards into vague division has been attempted, which continues echoing the design concept of the “freedom” from the ambiguous relation of space.
▼模糊界定的院落，courtyard with blurred boundary
From the front of the building, the light and shining metal luster slopes appear to be suspended and parallel to the shadow of the pool.Such a relationship implies a high degree of parallelism between the two in terms of streamlines. It does not deliberately reinforce one of them, but rather highlights the “possibility” of coexistence.The two paths are merged together through streamlines within the building to form a complete loop. This is the main streamline organization in the building, with less emphasis on “order” and “directionality,” and more emphasis on streamlined and mutual fusion and connection in different areas.
▼坡道与道路平行，与建筑内部的流线一起形成完整环线，the slope paralleled with the path on the water, creating a complete circulation with the streamline in the building
Different streamlines provide diverse possibilities and bring diverse space perception. Standing on the square in front of the building, you can choose to go directly through the pool into the main entrance under the pleated canopy, or you can choose to experience the feeling of the Hanging Gardens upward along the ramp; coming out from the second floor of the library, you can walk through the garden to experience the upper model house, or you can walk down the winding landscape stairs to reach the sinking courtyard.The architects are committed to giving more possibilities to “human” activities, allowing users to fully exert their subjective initiative in the building. In the increasingly complex and diversified functions and modes of use of buildings, architects should not be self-reliant, but should give more possibilities to actual users. The use of human activities is the soul of space.
▼广场中，人们可以自由选择行走路线，people could choose their way in the courtyard
Light and Shadow
The main body of the building consists of a light grey aluminum plate with an ultra-white glass as the main façade effect, with Parklex wood added as a decoration.The glass itself has light-transmitting permeability and reflectivity, and the diffuse reflection of the aluminum plate also forms a reflection effect on the surrounding environment, forming a subjective reflection and integration of the building on the natural environment, reaching a design theme of “Dialogue with nature” on the other hand.
▼西立面的铝板和玻璃反射并与自然环境相融合，aluminum blades and glass on the west facade reflect the environment, making dialogue with the nature
The irregularly arranged aluminum plates on the west facade of the building are not only the elements of the facade, but also the sun visors that block the sun.
With the change of light in the day, light acts as an independent material to participate in the building.The aluminum plates exhibit different shades as the intensity of sunlight changes. The glass shades also have the colour of the sky and the internal lighting. The calm water then incorporates the building and the sky, and the repeated light reflections make the edges of the building repetitive. The blurring of boundaries has also given the building a richer and more varied appearance. At sunset, looking west from the garden of the second floor platform, the warm breeze passes through the two glass curtain walls, which is like “enframed scenery”,draw the outline of the park landscape in the west side and a distant western mountain. Glass receding as a canvas of light, indoor scenes and activities are displayed on the canvas, which appeared an interesting spatial narrative relation between seeing and seen.
▼室内空间以木材为主，给人以温馨的感觉，the interior space in wooden tone creates a warm feeling
▼透过玻璃幕墙欣赏室外景色，enjoy the outside scenery though the glass curtain walls
▼首层平面图，first floor plan
▼二层平面图，second floor plan
Project: Beijing Jade Academy Sky Library
Location: Haidian District, Beijing
Client: Beijing Vanke
Architecture: Lacime Architects, Beijing
Landscape: Beijing Aona International Design
Interior: GBD Design
Chief Architect: Song Zhaofang
Design Team: Zhang Qiang, Wang Xiaofei, Liu Shuting
Design period: 2017.07-2017.12
Photography: Peter Dixie