2022 IID 🏆 Awards

Gold Winner – Library of Lixia District by Vantree Design

The project is located in Lixia District of Jinan, Shandong Province, surrounded by cultural, educational and creative commercial resources. As one of the eight venues of the cultural and archives center, the library occupies the 2nd to 4th floors on the southwest of the center.

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Gold 🏆 Winner
International Interior Design Awards 2022 (IIDA 2022)

Library of Lixia District
Public Building Interior Built

Vantree Design

Muchuan Xu

Design Team
Muchuan Xu, Minxi Cai, Yan Xin, Ruobing Hou, Shangzhao Yang, Zhongning Zhang, Xiaofeng Li, Guanbao Ye, Qijun Lu, Shao Wen

Jinan, China


©Disheng Mao & Fuxing

In the library block, we analyze and reconstruct the original situation to find pointcuts. After clarifying the overall optimization direction, through the analysis of the functions and structure of the traditional library, the functions and streamlines’ relationships among them were reorganized and constructed. At the same time, in response to the theme of sharing and the trend of the era, we started from people’s perception and experience, optimized the sight relationship in the space, placed space nodes, added functional spaces, reorganized people’s social behavior, and promoted the realization of shared knowledge.

Reconstruction means disassembling and reorganizing and restructuring. The structure is not limited to space, but also the reorganization of behavior and sight. In order to realize the creation of shared space, the public space of the existing building needs to be split, reorganized and adjusted, and the streamlines must be sorted out and adjusted. The lack of reading space in the library is effectively solved by the designed wooden staggered steps. In the old library, the bookcases are stacked together, which is not only inconvenient to display books, but also inconvenient to pass through streamline stacking, making it difficult for people to find books. Our design allows the bookcase to extend along the wall, and creates a new type of library with high ceilings and open reading and rest space, so as to achieve a real shared community.

As a iconic urban cultural building, we hope to create a center that gathers local residents. The library provides a place for residents to develop good reading habits, and facilitates them to carry out various social, cultural, entertainment, and sports activities, and builds sharing community.