Culture venues win design awards

Libraries lead the field in contest looking for brilliant design, rich content and good service.
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 Award ceremony of 2018 Shanghai Urban Culture Public Space Innovation Contest

Twelve public cultural venues won awards for good design, content and service in the 2018 Shanghai Urban Culture Public Space Innovation Contest.

Lujiazui Reading Space and Sinan Books were named “The Most Beautiful Public Cultural Space” at Saturday night's ceremony.

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Lujiazui Reading Space

Lujiazui Reading Space, a public library in the Pudong New Area, is renovated from the old conventional public library.

Sandwiched between high-rises in the Lujiazui financial hub, it is now a financial-themed reading venue encoded with local DNA. Nearly a fifth of its 50,000 books are foreign editions to cater to the local population, many of whom have an overseas financial background. Figures showed one of the three people working and living in Lujiazui works in the financial sector.

Since it opened in April, the library has held 44 reading activities and invited 50 writers and financial experts to share opinions with nearly 10,000 people.

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Sinan Books

Sinan Books is in a villa in Huangpu District that was the former residence of legendary general Feng Yuxiang. The bookstore evolved from Sinan Book Club, a popular reading club in Shanghai, and a brick-and-mortar bookstore opened in response to demand.

Yangpu District Library, which will open on October 1, was named the “Best Design in Public Reading Space” after an online vote.

The library first opened in 1936 as the city library of the Kuomintang government. Just one year later, it closed as the Japanese occupied the site and turned it into a horse range. After 1949, Tongji Middle School used it as classroom. After the school moved, it was left vacant.

Renovation work began three years ago. The 1930s flavor was retained as tiles, ceilings and gates were preserved and repaired. 

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Yangpu District Library

Other award winners included “Internet celebrity” Zhongshuge bookstore, grassroots cultural venue Jing’an District Cultural Center and Sijing Town Intangible Cultural Heritage Study Base.

It was revealed at the ceremony that the winners would be forming an alliance to share resources and launch joint activities. 

The contest, which began in March, was held to discover public cultural venues with brilliant design, rich content and good service. 

Huang Wei, director of Pudong Culture, Radio, Film and TV Administration, saiad the winners were an inspiration for other cultural venues.

Cultural venues have to introduce activities that people like, upgrade services to bring convenience to people and take every effort to attract people iof all age groups, she said. 

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