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For ocean enthusiasts, the sea has a meditative quality. It, “Says yes, then no, then no again, and no, says yes in blue in sea spray raging, says no and no again. It can’t be still,” writes Pablo Neruda. And listening to the unadulterated sound of waves lapping the shoreline might be the perfect environment to get your creative juices flowing, or immerse yourself in a good book.

Now imagine a library predisposed to amplify the magic of the sea, offering a silent space for bibliophiles and thalassophiles alike. Chinese designers, Vector Architects, recently brought their vision for such a place to life in the small seaside community of Qinhuangdao east of Beijing, which they call the Seashore Library.

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