The LATSE Contemporary Tibetan Cultural Library is a center for modern Tibetan cultural studies. The 8,500-square-foot library houses 14,000 volumes including Tibetan, Western, and Chinese books on topics related to Tibet. The design adapts the abstract qualities of traditional Tibetan architecture to meet the technological, functional and programmatic needs of an advanced research library. In the reception space, slatted cherry walls, naturally finished steel doors, and acid etched glass partitions are juxtaposed with Tibetan artifacts including wall hangings, contemporary and historical art, and the distinctive oblong Tibetan books wrapped in vibrant red and saffron cloth, creating an immersive environment that is more than the sum of its parts.  

Photography: ©Peter Aaron/Esto