Low Library has a Chinese doppelgänger!
Changchun Architecture and Civil Engineering College recently opened its new “White House” library and many Columbia students may find it familiar. The building, which is located in the heart of Changchun’s campus in the north-eastern Jilin province of China, is a carbon copy of Low—on a much larger scale. Probably because this building hopes to actually function as a library, it’s seven stories tall and occupies 20,000 square meters of land.
The library also boasts luxurious sofas, rustic chandeliers, and a coffee shop and costs over a whopping 500,000,000 Chinese yuan (that would be over 78,585,500 U.S. dollars). The school sent a delegate to check out some of the prominent universities in the United States and was reportedly so impressed by our building that they decided to mimic it.
Looking at a picture of Changchun’s new library, you might notice that its rotunda roof is made of glass as opposed to Low’s granite and marble. You might also notice that a certain spot on the steps where our beloved Alma usually resides is currently vacant. While there’s no word yet on what statue will overlook the campus yet, feel free to place bets in the comments below.
If you’d like more details on the new library and have a good grasp on Chinese, check out reports here.
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