AIA Hong Kong Chapter Merit Award 2011: Dalian Public Library Design Competition

On 2nd December 2001, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Hong Kong Chapter presented a Merit Award to lO for the Dalian Public Library Design Competition in China.

lO previously submitted the scheme to the Dalian Planning Bureau for an international design competition. The Practice was pleased to be able to compete with some of the world's most high profile architects including Zaha Hadid, Kengo Kuma, Hopkins and AC Architects . Although the decision on the commission of this project has not yet been announced, lO are proud that the design has already gained recognition from a professional body, the AIA.

AIA Jurors' comments: "The jurors found this design engaging and dynamic. The central vortex was described as creating a focal area for an interesting series of spaces for the community. The building section illustrated for the jurors, the attention for both an urban and internal connectivity. The various adjoining spaces spiral inward in celebrating how the library can become a community center for the neighborhood." Cited from

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