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Pingtan Book House
by Condition_Lab

Pingtan Book House by Condition_Lab
Photo by Zhao Sai

Condition_Lab has designed the Pingtan Book House project in Pingtan, China.

This project showcases a staircase that never seems to end – an infinite loop of risers and treads squeezed into a traditional timber house.

The staircase itself has no destination. It is the destination. The walls of the house have been transformed into a matrix of bookshelves and windows, while the structure reawakens a sense of wonder into the rapidly evaporating Dong Minority heritage.

Intended as a form of "living heritage", Condition_Lab saw an opportunity to help inspire and reconnect children to their precious culture through the Pingtan Book House project.

A place where children can read and play at the same time – thus creating a new paradigm of rural village libraries in China.

This project has been shortlisted in the cultural building category of Dezeen Awards 2022.

Architect: Condition_Lab

Project: Pingtan Book House

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