CHINATOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
The library serves as a public space in the heart of Chinatown for the citizens of the city. The design consists of stacked volumes segregating different programs including book stacks, indoor lounges and reading rooms but they are all connected with the circulation space in the middle as well as visually by the transparency of the materials. While the silicone tubes divide different spaces without making real enclosures, they also become facade elements on the exterior to create a play of light. The entrance of the library that folds from the ground plane also carries one to the auditorium down at the basement.