002 Stacking Knowledge 摺.疊智識2000 (competition, finalist) | Hong Kong Central Library 香港中央圖書館
Team Lee Shu-fan
Cultivation of a society starts with our children. Knowledge accumulates gradually through reading books and life experience. Only when the two converge would wisdom emerge as the powerful guiding torch for an enlightened life. The zig-zag wall is conceived as an unfolding scroll of knowledge on plan while wisdom is piled up vertically. Children would learn of the classic literature of the past through the tactile experience of important literature present on the wall. The wealth of knowledge is built up symbolically while children grow and become tall enough to touch the text on a level used to be out of reach. The new main library, an institution on a crusade for inheriting and transferring knowledge, embodies a new dimension of symbolic power when the active learning process happens not only within the library, but also without.
Cut-outs on each of the three sections allow light and wind to pass through, achieving transparency while reducing the risk of toppling. Book titles on the glass layers could be suggested by main librarians, enhancing the act of participation. The slight unalignment of the glass and marble layers is seen as the celebration of the mason’s crafts instead of imperfections.