Serpentine Bookhouse / ATELIER XI
Textual content description supplied by the architects. The Serpentine Bookhouse is situated amidst the greenery of bushes alongside the Dasha River Ecological Hall. To its west, the 13-kilometer scenic pathway of the Ecological Hall runs repeatedly, and the north facet is near a youngsters’s park with pleasing sand pits attracting many household guests, whereas the east facet is surrounded by dense residential communities. The newly added public constructing features a youngsters’s studying room of 300 sq. meters and a public restroom open to park guests 24/7, serving native residents and guests beginning within the fall of 2022.
The traditions and folklore of fishermen alongside the Dasha River impressed the architect with the design idea of a “spiral conch”. The constructing performs like a rising spiral artwork sculpture, returning as a lot floor area as attainable for plant progress and vacationer actions. The top of the spiral quantity faces the riverside park with an open balcony, offering guests with a spot to calm down on the peak of the treetops. Subsequently, it’s named “Serpentine Bookhouse” by the locals.
Following the outside type of the constructing, the inside area presents itself as a sequence of stepped studying areas winding across the bushes within the atrium. On the identical time, it affords a panoramic view of the park panorama by way of floor-to-ceiling home windows. The stepped studying areas with wealthy peak variations present a chance for kids to discover and fulfill their pure curiosity and domesticate their curiosity in unbiased studying. The slide is open to youngsters day-after-day after faculty, which is able to add a enjoyable and thrilling dimension to the area.
In response to the new local weather in Shenzhen, steady vertical grilles are put in as sunshade gadgets on the facade of the constructing, which additionally brings a altering gentle and shadow expertise to the inside area over time. Operable home windows are put in on every studying step, and on the second-floor balcony, sliding doorways will be totally opened to make sure pure air flow and to attain passable consolation within the autumn and winter seasons with out utilizing air con.
The difficult construction of the constructing is achieved with a metal framework. The internal and outer circles use spiral Vierendeel trusses to find out the arc form, and the massive cantilever of the viewing balcony on the second flooring is supported by indirect pressure enforcement. All main structural elements are shipped to the location for meeting after prefabrication within the manufacturing facility, minimizing the disturbance of the location development to the park and close by residents’ lives.
The Serpentine Bookhouse embodies the city revitalization technique that Shenzhen has been pursuing lately. Within the objective of including small-scale civic and cultural buildings to serve public life within the parks and public areas, this technique helps public tasks land in a well timed and correct method with a comparatively small funding and comparatively brief development time. With the joint efforts between design and development groups, the Dasha River Serpentine Bookhouse undertaking was accomplished and put into use in lower than one yr from design to development. Since its opening, it recurrently holds artwork exhibitions and studying golf equipment, thus turning into one of many favourite spots for city dwellers and particularly household guests to flee from the stresses of city life and to commune with nature and fellow cultural communities.