Songdo Library Competition

Library as landscape: international library design competition entry eliminates the boundary separating inside and outside to promote health, well-being, and lifelong learning

MSR Design’s design competition submission for Songdo International City Library proposes 21st-century library services in a series of 24/7 spaces connected to the public park system. The dramatic engagement of a spiraling park connects all four levels of service together through outdoor public programming that can operate day and night. A central community core and high performing building enclosure ensure daylight reaches all library spaces and promote connectivity between generations. The flexible library spaces between the community core and park areas are designed to accommodate active and passive activities, while allowing direct access to information.

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