The 36.8-meter-high new library building owes its unique appearance to the unusual shape of the building and the façade made of elegant aluminum slats. While the floor space on the ground floor has been reduced to a minimum, the upper floors protrude outwards with a slight twist, thus offering more reading space with wonderful views of the surrounding landscape. With this design, the architects at gmp international, in collaboration with the Southeast University Architectural Design Institute, have created an exterior shape that is clearly reminiscent of a slightly offset stack of books.
The challenge was to obtain a smooth surface with no visible or open joints to create a monolithic design for the ceilings. This was particularly important to implement in the exterior ceiling, which makes up a large part of the building surface. In order to achieve this appearance without façade defects and cracks, and to be able to guarantee this also in a distant future, the choice of the right building material for the exterior ceilings played a decisive role.