Like a book fallen from the sky: Xinglong Lake Bookstore by MUDA-Architects
The bookshop designed by MUDA-Architects for the eastern side of the Xinglong Lake Bay Area is to make the impression of a book that has slipped from the hand of a tired deity and fallen to the earth. The kinematic movement of a book falling from the sky finds architectural expression in the roof curving downwards towards the lake; as a result, one of its outer corners is 7.7 metres in height while another rises up to 16 metres. The building will be glazed on three sides and thus permit views onto the adjacent sheet of water. On closer inspection Xinglong Lake will almost seem like part of the building: on passing through the main entrance, visitors will encounter an anterior space followed by a series of steps and two exhibition walls, thus encouraging them to glance outward towards the lake and experience its effect of calm before noticing the sunken reading space behind the exhibition walls.
This intentionally linear sequence of impressions and the translucent effect of the construction style are to permit visitors to the Xinglong Lake Bookstore to establish a relationship to the open lake landscape, thus enabling the hydrophilic building to form an entity with its surroundings, as the architects put it.