Tiny Library 2021 | Result Announcement




We are extremely excited to announce the winners of the Tiny Library 2021 Architecture Competition. The architectural design competition posed a challenge for the participants to rethink and re-imagine the idea of the Library as a 21st-century self-learning and educational incubation space that not only sheds light on conventional means of knowledge but also encourages its users to interact, share ideas and grow together.

The Tiny Library- looked at self-learning as a major tool and skill that is to be refined for future generations as they journey through education and beyond.

The esteemed jury for judging this competition consisted of Sourabh Gupta ( Arcohm), Jun Sekino ( Junsekino), RealrichSjarief (RAW), Jorge Arvizu ( Estudio MMX), Nils Ole Brandzteg ( Atelier Oslo)

The top three Winners were awarded total prize money of $4000 while ten entries received Honourable mentions.

The full result for the competition TINY LIBRARY 2021 ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION can be found on WEBSITE


First Place: Resurgence Of The Scarlet Streets
Astha Sahay – Janhavi Patil – Arsh Kania( India)

1ST WINNER_Tiny Library

Located in Sonagachi, the largest red-light district in Asia is one such area which still lives in the shadows of ignorance and discrimination when it comes to education. The new tiny library is a catalyst; one that has the ability to offer not only what it contains but the way it reveals the container, the building imagines the activity to be outside where it becomes the backdrop for activities as well as inside through an interface.

A human library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogues. It is a place where real people are on loan to readers. A place where difficult questions are expected appreciated and answered.

The concept is similar to that of a traditional library. If the book is read and discussed or shared among like-minded readers, the human library has people engaging in conversations. Like books, participants of the human library can be picked from a list to engage in conversations and share stories on a one-on-one basis.

The second is the sunken library with reading spaces junior library/daycare center, storytelling area, digital library, screening area with the possibility of changing the spaces according to the needs of the user. The digital library has podcasts and recordings of the human library discussions along with e-books and other resources.

Second Place: Read On The Wheel
Miaoxin Wang (United States)

2ND WINNER_Tiny Library

A Tiny Library could adapt to a new typology and become more inclusive towards Blue Riders by creating space for them to access educational materials on their wheels, and also serve the larger community through programs such as consulting and book-reading seminars.

The site occupies the setback zones from two major streets in front of a popular commercial block in Beijing, China.

Third Winner: Reading In The Field
Lifang Zhang – Feng Di (China)

3RD WINNER_Tiny Library

“In the future when the transformation from traditional farming methods to modernization is completed through learning new technologies, the library can also become a memorial place to showcase the traditional culture that has been preserved”

Located in a remote area in northern China, the envisaged library floats in the field which consists of around the courtyard. The courtyard inside, which is connected to the outside wheat field, is equipped with tool storage racks. The outer wall of the library is made of wheat straw barns, which have functions such as heat preservation and heat insulation. At the same time, whenever the first season’s harvest comes, the new wheat straw wall is replaced, and the old one returns to the field to become fertilizer, completing a new cycle.


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