Water Drop Library serves as the most unique and inspirational public landmark in town. A memorable place, with a vivid sense of place, it acts as both a beacon and calling. A beacon connected to sky, sea and land, calling for revitalized relationships between people and their environment.
Design fit and seamless integration on the site were primary objectives, with topographic fit being a primary consideration. Low impact manipulation of topography reflects TOPOS' interest in interventional placemaking and preservation of natural assets.
The site design is inspired by public space precedents which responsibly integrate domesticated man-made interventions within a preserved natural context. Designed spaces are composed as garden sanctuaries within a more rugged environment.
The site design unfolds on opposite sides of a monumental site wall, eastward toward the sunrise and westward toward the sunset. The division reinforces the choreographic and spatial organization of the site, using solar conditions, light, and shadow to vividly portray these environments across time.
Master Plan and Landscape Design by TOPOS Landscape Architects.
Library Architecure by 3andwich Design / HE Wei Studio.
Photography by JIN Weiqi and HE Wei.