Xiantong Primary School Experimental Library

Xiantong Experimental Primary School, Shenzhen, China

Working on social projects helps us to explore designs with a humanistic approach. We hope that the spaces we design will engage their users, and be nice places for them to enjoy.
There is a noticeable trend that schoolchildren are more attracted to new technologies than to books. Teachers wish to encourage students back into libraries, helping them to have a balanced development and learn the benefit of reading books: gaining independence, self-confidence, and the chance to learn and dream.

Xiantong Experimental Primary School is located in a new school building in Shenzhen, China. We designed the library to be a fun and playful place, with areas for students to sit and read quietly, or interact with other students and explore. The layout is loose and open, inviting the students to relax and discover new books.

Utilising high ceiling space, we created an extra level to connect the library with the circulation stairs. The library becomes a welcoming place for students to wander through between classes.

August 2014
415 sq.m
Site Area:
Maggie Ma, Mark Kingsley