Peter and Anne Adams are spending this Olympic Season in China. While there they will be writing regularly on things they see and do, people they talk to, and news articles they read. They will be trying to provide a different take on things from that which often comes across in the media. Read more about them and their thought about China on About China Encounters
Opposite the Presidents Palace, and the peaceful beauty of the Xu Yuan Gardens that I wrote about yesterday, is Nanjing Library, one of the most recent buildings and great pieces of public architecture in this city. There are more pictures in this set of Nanjing Architecture, which I will add to as we get around the city.
One of the most encouraging things about it for me is that beneath the Plaza that stands in front of the library is a supermarket! Supermarkets in the UK, never really ranks in anyone's list of creative or beautiful architecture, and the same is true here in China! But Carrefour in Nanjing is well and truly buried under the ground, and here is the evidence. All we have to indicate it is the small entrance and exit at the back of the picture.
For some more thoughts on China's ever exploding construction boom and its magnificent public architecture, go to the extension page.