The East Hall of the Shanghai Library —— a sculpture floating above canopy in the park
Architects / SHL
Structural Engineer / Schlaich Bergermann Partner
Climate & Environmental Engineer / Transsolar
Design / ECADI
Curtain Wall Consultant / Shanghai Hejia Curtain Wall Design Consulting Co., Ltd
Landscape Design / Aspect
Glass Supplier / Tianjin NorthGlass
The East Hall of the Shanghai Library, located in Huamu of the city subcenter, is expected to open in December this year. Recently, the SHL official website released the overall effect of the East Hall of the Shanghai Library.
“We see the library as the focus of the park, a rock in Chinese landscape sets,” said SHL partner Chris Hardy, “One of the most striking points of this project is that it is integrate into the park environment. It is located in the center of Shanghai, but we have the opportunity to create shelters for knowledge in the woods.”
Inside the library, the vertical open reading space revolves around a large atrium that connects different functional areas of the library with natural light filling the interior through sintered glass bands around the building and a large sunroof above the central atrium. Three staggered reading rooms arranged around the atrium, low walls and open seats enhance a sense of transparency and space. Curved wooden walls, bookshelves and floors bring warmth to the modern interior.
— It is taken from the SHL website
In recent years, relying on the precipitation in the field of glass deep processing, NorthGlass has continuously made breakthroughs in processing equipment research and development and glass innovation, and the brand of NorthGlass has always occupied an important role in the global high-end glass market. With the arrival of the new consumption era, the domestic high-end market has gradually emerged, NorthGlass has cooperated with more and more well-known architectural design firms, and many excellent cases have been born.
The East Hall of Shanghai Library is the representative of them. The project adopts imitative marbled digital printed SGP laminated glass. The maximum size of a single piece is 6 meters, all of them are different. At the same time, the designer requires the glass surface to present a complete marble texture. Due to the characteristics of the glass to light refraction and reflection, the difficulty cannot be imagined in order to achieve the marble surface texture. To achieve this goal, Tianjin NorthGlass organized personnel to marble manufacturers for research, from the color, saturation, brightness, detailed contrast, gradually formed a color scheme.
Subsequently, Tianjin NorthGlass organized specialists to establish a technical team to strictly control the product quality from ink ratio to printing and debugging, from picture processing to tempered comparison, from printing control to the inspection of finished products. And the final samples were very satisfied with the owners and designers.
Tianjin NorthGlass produced products by independently developed T furnace equipment with “zero defect” glass precision requirements, strictly controlled tempered waveform and used embossed glass to achieve diffuse effect; at the same time, the realistic color degree was printed after many tests, which makes the huge “sculpture” is beautiful with the surrounding landscape.