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Following (some) successful attempts at rejuvenating older buildings in Shanghai and Shenzhen for other uses, Nanjing based developers wanted to repurpose and old food and wholesale market into a creative centre and hub for local people to come and learn.

The city government, developer and Chinese architect DuShe toyed with the idea of demolition, but with a limited budget and relatively fast turn around required, it was decided that renovation and adaptation was needed.

The old ramps form part of the new library overlooking the old market halls, now the central atrium in the space. Softer materials have been contrasted against the existing concrete to provide comfort in the large space.

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