The cultural importance of the public library lies within the inherent power of the knowledge which it holds. This
knowledge can be a significant life-altering force for the patrons of the library and furthermore within the larger community which it serves. The methods by which this information is contained and transmittedare continually evolving, yet the correlation between access to such information andissues such as upward social mobility and increased life opportunity are evident. The DaeguGosan Public Library, like many libraries, stands as the physical manifestation of the concept of shared knowledge. As such, it is temple of knowledge, honoring the book as the foundation media of information communication, and making way for the new learning trends that result from the current digital movement. The library provides opportunities for intellectual trade and growth both analog and digital within the Suseong-gu community. Furthermore, itcelebrates Daegu as a place rich with culture and an evolving demographic that places high value on the acquisition ofknowledge.
Similar to the temples of the varied religions, the Gosan Library celebrates a particular belief system, a particular
way life, the belief in the power and importance of knowledge. The library offers the opportunity for intellectual
and cultural exchange in ways both traditional as well as those less often associated with the library typology. The
book stacks are consolidated into a single mass. The clear glass object creates an activated tribute to printed
literature as the foundation of information transmission. In honoring the written and bound knowledge in this way, a
more open floor plan is created for related program uses. The digital data space, reading room, children’s area and
other programs flow off of a large atrium space providinga more flexible environment for exchange. These spacesare
hence able to able to adapt to the evolving digital media to maintain a quality learning environment.
The Gosan Library is also the cultural hub with the area. Its proximity to the local subway station and a large
public park make it a prime location for cultural exchange. Both passive and formal manners of interaction are
facilitated by this public space. To reinforce this the northeast corner of the site pulls the landscape from the
park under the building, extending the public space into the site. The resulting plaza creates a partially covered
space which will be utilized and activated by the local communities. This sunken garden provides valuable natural
daylight to the building functions located below grade. The life-long learning center and multi-purpose spaces
surround this plaza providing easy access for the community. Additional terraces at the second level reading area and
the roof connect the building back to the park and existing context.
Location: Daegu, Korea
Area: 3200 mk
Architects: ŁukaszWawrzeńczyk, Frisly Colop Morales, Jason Easter, Adrian Yau