Two hours outside the bustling city of Beijing, the Liyuan Library offers solitude and a place for mindfulness in a beautiful setting. Designed by Li Xiaodong Atelier, the structure looks not unlike a peaceful temple dedicated to spiritual discovery. In the small village of Hauirou, the library's exterior is modestly clad with locally sourced wood, so that the structure blends well with the rest of the village. Inside, level changes and careful planning make the most of a humble space, with lots of natural lighting to guide the pursuit of knowledge.

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