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One of the most talked-about projects of 2021, the Wormhole Library, was designed by Chinese architecture studio MAD and is intended "to be a wormhole that transcends time and space."

This dreamscape serves as a multi-functional building that allows visitors to read, enjoy views of the sea and attend open-air performances, temporarily removing themselves from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Facing the South China Sea, the Wormhole Library is located in Century Park along the Haikou Bay coastline. The curved concrete walls not only serve as an organic architectural structure but also connect the ceiling, the ground and the walls together. Holes of varying sizes allow the architecture to breathe and meanwhile let natural light flood the interior. The grey spaces of the exterior corridors provide shady spots for passers-by to stop and rest.

The library will be built around a central, two-story reading room that will have space for 10,000 books. A cafe, reception area, office and VIP room will also be located on the ground floor, while a tunnel-like children's reading room and sea view reading space will be built on the floor above.

Located in a key area of the Hainan free-trade island initiative, the project is part of a governmental-launched initiative to rejuvenate Haikou Bay. Enhancing the usage of public space along the coastline, the Wormhole Library will be the first completed pavilion from the master plan.