A COMMEMORATION FOREGROUND
The building foreground represents the chaos of the aftermath. As a metaphor, it would evoke thought provoking reflections in which one would not forget.
REBORN FROM THE ASHES
A symbolic architecture that is both strong and pure in form rising from the sunken ground. In place of the tragic site stands a building that brings people life and hope through memories and knowledge.
AN ECHO OF THE OUTSIDE LANDSCAPE ON THE BUILDING TOP
The top floor houses the exhibition space in which "Broken Sky" - an art installation on the ceiling of the building that echoes with the landscape outside - culminates the experience of the architecture. The imagery of a broken sky being held together would evoke in visitors a sense of bond shared between every person to mend our world when broken.
The inception of this project came from the images of the site following the explosions. The chaos of the aftermath is represented by the numerous ropes that pierce through the ground, wrapping the library inmadness. At the same time, course rocks and wild grass protrude through the ground, causing anyone walking through the landscape to experience anxiety and uncertainty following each step. As a metaphor, the foreground of the project would evoke thought provoking reflection which one would not forget.
Upon entering the library, the flowing and curvilinear forms constitute an atmosphere of lightness andfreshness, which sharply contrasts the chaos experienced previously. Constructed from integrative translucent material, the luminescence of the façade allows for soft light that visually enlarges the interior that is bound by a small building footprint. With blurred outside surroundings seen through the façade, the strong contrast between the soft interior and hard linear exterior would bring about a sudden relief of emotions. The South and East sides of the library, in addition to an open central staircase, provide flexible and relaxing study areas; while the North and West sides are dedicated to enclosed spaces such as rooms for study, computers, presentations, and utility services. The placementof books are also responsible in provoking a sense of freedom, where they are scattered through the entire building; along the handrail and under the staircase.
On the top floor, one would see a permanent installation on the ceiling that dominates the exhibition space. "Broken Sky" - an art piece composed of ropes that hold stones and rocks in place - reflect themetaphor of conflict and strife, where mankind has always found ways to mend what is broken. Through this, an echo of the outside landscape merges with the interior, instilling a sense of hope and life in the hearts of the visitors.
ENTRANCE AND ACCESSIBILITY
The lowered ground plane of the library allows for an intermediate space that bridges between the two different heights. This space contributes towards the contrast felt while going in and out of the building. The accessible ramps are laid out through the commemoration landscape.
A FUNCTIONAL CORE
The building core accommodates both circulation, as well as book storage in an unusual and interesting manner.
ROOMS AND SERVICES
The North and West sides of the building are dedicated to enclosed spaces such as rooms for study, computers, presentations, and utility services.
The circulation in the building is simple and efficient; where flexible, relaxing study areas in addition to some book storage functions are combined in a spontaneously flow