A Dreamscape by the Sea

MAD’s Wormhole Library serves as a multi-functional building that allows visitors to read, enjoy views of the sea, and attend open-air performances. The building is under construction and will be completed in 2021

A Dreamscape by the Sea

Fact File

Project: Wormhole Library
Location: Haikou, Hainan Province, China
Client: Haikou Tourism & Culture Investment Holding Group
Site Area: 4,397 sqm
Building Area: 1,380 sqm
Principle Partners in Charge: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano
Executive Architect: East China Architecture Design and Research Institute
Façade Consultant: RFR Shanghai
Construction Contractor: Yihuida Shimizu Concrete
Renderings: SAN

A Dreamscape by the Sea

Facing the South China Sea, the Wormhole Library is located in Century Park along the Haikou Bay coastline. The intimately scaled structure is cast of white concrete as a unit. The curved concrete walls not only serve as organic architectural structure, but also connect the ceiling, the ground, and the walls together. The sensuously curved pavilion appears to be a “wormhole” that transcends time and space. Holes of varying sizes allow the architecture to breathe and meanwhile let natural light flood the interior. The grey spaces of the exterior corridors provide shady spots for passers-by to stop and rest.

A Dreamscape by the Sea

The interior is composed of two parts: a 690-sqm reading space that can store approximately 10,000 books, a café and a terrace; and a 300-sqm public rest area that is equipped with a bicycle parking system, public bathrooms, and shower areas.

To ensure accuracy and seamlessness across the curved surfaces, the building is being cast using both a CNC and 3D printed model. All MEP has been designed to be hidden within the concrete cavity to minimize its appearance and create visual consistency. Curved sliding doors and retractable glass curtain walls not only provide views of the sea, but also enhance overall airflow and ventilation. In response to local weather conditions, the roof on the sunny side is cantilevered to achieve comfortable temperatures, realizing a sustainable and energy-saving building.

A Dreamscape by the Sea
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