HMA Architects : M.I. Bookstore

Asian architects and bookshops: a great love story. Indeed, after the work of MVRDV And the one of Wutopia Labit is the turn of HMA Architects to design an organic library in the Chinese city of Harbin. A building with impressive volumes where literature is in the spotlight.

Covering a total area of ​​2 000 square meters, this new book temple is organized around a large circular central wooden tower surrounded by a gently sloping staircase. On the ground floor, a cozy little café welcomes readers under its structure combining metal and wood, which is also embellished with a basket full of plants.


This futuristic space where nature seems to regain its rights is characterized by a palette of natural colors, between white and brown, enhancing the omnipresence of penetrating light from the outside through large glazed openings. On one of the walls of the ensemble, a trompe l'oeil wallpaper gives visitors the impression that literary works are spread out to the ceiling. A sleight of hand that helps to accentuate the grandiose appearance of the building.

"We hope that our library will be endowed with various magical powers: integration and explosion of all kinds of knowledge, encounters and progress of all kinds of people. People may have other surprises than reading, such as wandering, living, thinking, appreciating, communicating. " HMA Architects

This desire to create a warm and pleasant space is manifested by the presence of various ovoid structures with circular benches. These additions embellished with many plant elements are similar to small cozy nests perched throughout the eight floors of the bookstore. An intimate reading room completes the ensemble on the last level.

A haven of peace where reading is queen!

To learn more, visit the website of HMA Architects

Photographs: Eiichi Kano

Zoe Térouinard

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