Mudu Library, Shanghai by Atelier Diameter

A wooden reading room sits alongside Mudugang River.

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Mudu Library is an industrialized model building located in an open space which will be developed into an urban public green space in future. Named after Mudugang River besides the project, the building is designed to be a riverside reading room. Although this library is not considered as a permanent building, the adaptability to the surrounding is still taken into account in the design process.

▼建筑外观,木屋和高耸的水杉相得映彰,与环境相协调,external view of the wooden library with metasequoia trees, being harmony with the environment


Technologies of wood structure, prefabricated construction and lightweight frame are applied to achieve sustainability, easy-built process, and to minimized environmental impact. The program of this public library is to define the proper function of this model building, in order to keep building’s vitality by readers’ interactions.

▼斜柱之下的入口区域,entrance under sloped columns

▼木结构与玻璃幕墙围护体系相互独立,seperated wood structure and full-height glass curtain walls

▼结构生成示意图,structure generation program


Glulam post-beam system combines with the Nail Laminated Timber (NLT) roof as the support structure. With full-height glass curtain walls as enclosure façade, Mudu Library is able to access the panorama of the surroundings, while the double-curved roof achieves the sense of levitation. From the inside, three function areas are defined by light-colored wood structure and decoration, which are considered as an oblique system. Meanwhile, dark-colored carpet and curtain wall framework contribute as an orthogonal system, together with the oblique system, a binary relationship is then formed to create vitality without boundary in this 10m*10m building space.

▼一体化的木质楼梯和书架形成错层空间,integrated staircase and book shelf create split-level space

▼木结构下的会议空间,conference space under wood structure

▼木梁柱结构与SPF拼装的曲面屋顶,glulam post-beam system combines with the Nail Laminated Timber (NLT) roof

▼双屋顶相互叠加,interfacing between two wooden roofs


▼夜景,Night View





▼正向斜向空间元素,Orthogonal and Oblique Spatial Elements

▼轴侧拆解图,Exploded Axonometric Diagram

规模: 130 m2
设计团队:张男、张晓远、Gerald Epp(加拿大)、庄晓峻、周向前、余盛
摄影师:Aurelien Chen(陈梦津)

Project Name: Shanghai Zhongsen Mudu Library
Area: 130㎡
Design Year: 2016.09
Completion Year: 2017.06
Design Group: Zhang Nan, Zhang Xiaoyuan, Gerald Epp(Canada), Benjamin Zhuang, Zhou Xiangqian, Yu Sheng
Client: Shanghai SKF
Photograher: Aurelien Chen

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