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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Is this the world's ULTIMATE library? Stunning photographs show inside futuristic new build which houses 1.2million books

 They are usually old, dusty places with little design appeal.
But a cutting-edge architectural firm from Denmark is fast redefining how we see the humble library - as their latest project has proven, this week.

The Tianjin Binhai Public Library, located in northeastern China, was recently unveiled by MVRDV to widespread interest after a three-year process.

Their work, which is helping to build a cultural complex in the city of Tianjin, has resulted in a five storey creation which is deliberately designed to look like a human eyeball.
Spanning an enormous 362,744 square feet of space, the terraced shelves are built into the walls where they create both stairs and seating areas.

Impressively, it boasts a staggering 1.2million books, making it a bibliophile's paradise.
Cutting-edge: The Tianjin Binhai Public Library is deliberately designed by Dutch firm MVRDV to look like a 3D eyeball

Cutting-edge: The Tianjin Binhai Public Library is deliberately designed by Dutch firm MVRDV to look like a 3D eyeball
Smart design: Spanning an enormous 362,744 square feet, the terraced shelves  create both stairs and seating areas

Smart design: Spanning an enormous 362,744 square feet, the terraced shelves create both stairs and seating areas
Read all about it: Hidden behind the books are a variety of reading rooms, offices and lounges set along the interior walls

Read all about it: Hidden behind the books are a variety of reading rooms, offices and lounges set along the interior walls
Too cool: Designed by trendy Dutch firm MVRDV, the stunning five-storey building is part of a wider cultural complex

Too cool: Designed by trendy Dutch firm MVRDV, the stunning five-storey building is part of a wider cultural complex
Truly stunning: The dramatic structure boasts a staggering 1.2million books within its curved walls 

Truly stunning: The dramatic structure boasts a staggering 1.2million books within its curved walls 
Fast: Epic 33,700-square-metre building was completed just three years after the designer company's first sketch

Fast: Epic 33,700-square-metre building was completed just three years after the designer company's first sketch
Insight: One of the library's reading rooms is visible from this angle, while two guests can be seen taking a selfie 

Insight: One of the library's reading rooms is visible from this angle, while two guests can be seen taking a selfie 
Incredible: The staggered bookshelves create a multi-layered interior which add both light and shade to the design 

Incredible: The staggered bookshelves create a multi-layered interior which add both light and shade to the design 
Vision: The cofounders of design company MVRDV have described the library as an 'urban living room' because it's so cosy

Vision: The cofounders of design company MVRDV have described the library as an 'urban living room' because it's so cosy
Looking good: From a distance, the building's atrium can be see forming the 'pupil' of the eyeball 

Looking good: From a distance, the building's atrium can be see forming the 'pupil' of the eyeball 

1 comment:

  1. A building holding over a million books?
    Something you’ll never see in sub-Saharan Africa.

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