On the library's exterior, the glass faced is inscribed with text that serves as a reminder of the profound life-long impact that learning has on individuals and society. Selected quotes from scholars and leaders throughout history on the glass reinforce the concepts of empowerment, knowledge, and freedom gained through learning.
On the exterior of the Hopkins-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies, a 10-story facade juxtaposes the openness of a glass curtain wall with the solidity of red terracotta paneled walls. The panels create a high-performance wall able to shed water more effectively without the use of mortart.
At the Hopkins-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China, glass expanses allow daylight to infiltrate the building wile also allowing visibility to the active circulation areas.