The Summit: Chinatown Public Library
In Chinese heritage, the act of physically ascending is tied to spiritual transcendence and overcoming odds. The Summit is an alternative vision for Chinatown's intellectual pinnacle.
This project was developed in an academic research program with the mentorship of the Skidmore, Owings + Merrill team working on the real re-design of the Chinatown Public Library.
The Summit separates into two buildings at the street level to create a bustling pathway between two major neighborhood anchors: Chinatown Square Plaza and the local Red Line station.
The proposed promenade follows the route of an existing neighborhood shortcut. By placing a walkable artery through the middle of the library campus, the library's programs gain exposure while Chinatown gains a new socially active civic space.