Pursuits

LOOK: A Stunning, Futuristic Library That Can Hold 1.2 Million Books

The five-story, 33,700-square-meter glass structure took three years to complete.
IMAGE OSSIP VAN DUIVENBODE
Comments

China’s newest architectural marvel has been unveiled.

The Tianjin Binhai Library, named for the city of the same name, has astonished architecture fans and book lovers alike with its stunning design features. The library is designed to welcome light, with each bookshelf doubling as a louver.

According to MVRDV, the glass structure was built in the hopes of becoming a junction point for the central business district, old town, residential and commercial areas, and the government quarter. Scroll down to see more of the spectacular library.

The Tianjin Binhai Library is located in the Binhai Cultural District, northeast China.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
CONTINUE READING BELOW
Recommended Videos

Dutch architecture firm MVRDV designed the library in collaboration with Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute.


The five-story, 33,700-square-meter is fitted with curved bookcases that are easily accessible.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Striking as it is functional, the library can house up to 1.2 million books.


In the library’s center sits a spherical auditorium dubbed “The Eye.”


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

The structure was built as part of a larger plan to provide a cultural district for the city.


It took three years to complete the project.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

In addition to the auditorium, the first and seconds floors will house reading rooms and lounge spaces.


The top floors will be dedicated to offices, conference rooms, and computer facilities.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

The interior’s angles and curves are meant to stimulate reading, walking, and discussing.


The building will bridge the city park and the cultural district.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

The project is MVRDV’s second completed design in Tianjin.


MVRDV’s impressive portfolio includes the glass façade of Chanel Amsterdam, a Jenga-style tower in Vienna, and Seoul's Skygarden.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Tianjin Library is part of 120,000-square-meter masterplan being carried out by MVRDV, Bernard Tschumi Architects, Bing Thom Architects, HH Design, and GMP.


Comments
View More Articles About:
About The Author
Paolo Chua
Paolo Chua is the Associate Style Editor of Esquire Philippines.
View Other Articles From Paolo
Comments
Connect With Us