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Gwangju River Reading Room

Architect David Adjaye and writer Taiye Selasi have developed a folly called the Gwangju River Reading Room. It is positioned on the embankment of the Gwangju River, connecting the street level above with the grassy flood planes used as a seasonal park. The structure draws inspiration from traditional Korean pavilions and houses a "human rights" library of 200 books from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun to Emile Zola's Germinal.

618, Im-dong, Buk-gu

David Adjaye
* 1966 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Lives in London, UK.

Taiye Selasi, USA
Writer, photographer


Commissioned works by architects and artists in Gwangju's public space. Director: Nikolaus Hirsch. Curators: Philipp Misselwitz and Eui Young Chun.

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