CRLand Archive Library

Studio Link-Arc, LLC


Located on the campus of Xiaojingwan University, the CRLand Archive Library has a dual program. The building's primary function is to serve as an archive for the client, holding all of its physical and digital records in a subterranean vault built into the hillside that serves as the project site. Atop the archive, the project functions as a gallery space and lecture hall that serves the adjacent campus.

The project's upper two floors (the public programs) are restricted to a boxy massing defined by the footprint of the vaults beneath. To increase connections between the project and the site beyond, Link-Arc created two interior public spaces: an entry lobby connecting to the main campus, and a dramatic exhibition space with views of the city and landscape beyond. The two spaces are connected by a linear hall which provides access to the gallery and lecture hall spaces within.

The massing is further articulated via a strategy that maximizes local conditions. At the main entrance (closest to the campus) the lobby is articulated as a separate volume with the entry beneath, creating a dignified public entrance. At the east end of the site, the exhibition lobby is defined by a dramatic cut that adds visual drama and connects the interior space to an exterior terrace. 

The building is covered in a gray brick that unifies the massing and adds texture to the exterior. The brick is articulated in many different ways to maximize the effect created by a single material.

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