Results Announcement Date:
September 15, 2023
Halfetı Communıty Lıbrary by Berkay Kadakal, Tolga Kaya, Beyza Nur Öncel from Turkey
Library Wharf by Jun Lyu, Shiyu Yu, Minghao Xu, Peng Peng from China
Vichar Sangraha by Adwait Ambekar, Neha Malani, Navya Malu from India
AYATANA by Puru Malhotra, Mannat Chopra from India
KITAAB KOSH – Learning with Nature by Disha Rabadia, Nisarg Mewada from India
Encounter Library by Xiaotong Ma from China
In the age of digital information, where every tidbit of knowledge is but a tap away, the tactile allure and profound impact of traditional libraries are often overlooked. Yet, the essence of a library transcends its physical form or the volumes it holds. It is a beacon of collective memory, a gathering space for minds, and a testament to humanity’s insatiable quest for knowledge. In rural settings, where digital access might be limited and community bonds run deep, the library’s role becomes even more significant.
Recognizing this unique dynamic, Archiol Competitions launched the inaugural edition of the Granthagara Library Design Competition in 2023. The challenge was both simple and monumental: to envision a library for rural landscapes, balancing local vernacular with contemporary design, and weaving together community aspirations with the timeless ethos of a knowledge hub.
The response was both heartening and awe-inspiring. Entries poured in from all corners, each shedding light on the myriad possibilities of rural library design. From designs that echoed the rhythm of agrarian landscapes to those that employed cutting-edge sustainable technologies, from layouts prioritizing community gatherings to those focusing on individual introspection – the range and depth were truly commendable.
The winners, whose exemplary designs are showcased in this collection, are a blend of innovation, sensitivity, practicality, and vision. Their projects are not just structures but dialogues – with the land, the community, and the very essence of what a library signifies.
We are profoundly grateful to each participant, for with their designs, they’ve underscored the enduring importance of libraries, even in an age of rapid digital transformation. Their creations remind us that knowledge, while universal, is also deeply local, rooted in the tales, memories, and aspirations of a community.
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Halfetı Communıty LıbraryFirst PlaceBerkay Kadakal, . . .Turkey
Library WharfSecond PlaceJun Lyu, Shiyu Yu, . . .China
Vichar SangrahaThird PlaceAdwait Ambekar, . . .India
AYATANAHonorable MentionPuru Malhotra, . . .India
KITAAB KOSH – Learning . . .Honorable MentionDisha Rabadia, . . .India
Encounter LibraryHonorable MentionXiaotong MaChina