Children’s reading room
Chinese books reading area
Macao collection reading area
The old and the new buildings symbolizes history and future
In 2002, the Cultural Affairs Bureau decided to construct a new library building next to the backyard garden, based upon the principle of conserving historic architecture, and integrating modern public library functions. The new building, after four years of construction, was open to the public later in 2006.
The old and the new buildings, symbolizing history and future, function as two complementary buildings with the old one housing mainly rare books, and the new one featuring diversified reader services. The difference in construction materials used in the two buildings results in a strong contrast in their appearance, which at the same time adds to the historical significance of the old building.
Preservation of the original architectural features and garden space was the main focus of the design of the construction project. The new building is a harmonious addition to the surrounding environment and a modern extension to the Library’s history. The simplistic design of the new structure, comprising mostly glass, stone and steel, allows more entry of the natural sunlight, and creates a more spacious open area. An extensive area of green space was preserved and added to create a pleasant garden environment for reading.
The façade of the building is made up of full glass curtain walls, which break down the barrier between the inside and the outside, filling the room with natural sunlight and providing an unobstructed view of the surrounding garden landscape from different angles on each floor.