Dramatic Architectural Design for a Library in China by MVRDV

A translucent spherical auditorium was the starting point for the impressive architectural design of Tianjin Binhai library in China. The project signed by the Danish architecture office MVRDV has a capacity of 1.2 million books and calls not only for 33,200 m² but also for organic lines, pure white and the unique format.

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Following the design inspiration of an eye, of which the auditorium would be the pupil, the building seems to repeat the circular forms creating flowing structures that run through its length and, in addition to bookcases, also serves the banks and circulation corridors – by which people can sit, read and still watch other people doing the same around them.

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The wave pattern of the shelves still repeats on the outside, on the facade, and also toward the ceiling, surrounding even the large central skylight, still serving as a way to redirect the natural light towards the center of the building.

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The five floors of the building offer a wide range of facilities. On the ground floor, to complement the auditorium, are the reading areas. In the first and second floor, you can find the study and living rooms. And in the third and fourth offices, meeting rooms,  computers and audio rooms. Finally, in the subsoil are the technical areas, such as rooms to store more books, as well as other files that are not open to the public.

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With modern aesthetic and flowing lines, which recall the works of the renowned architect Zaha Hadid, the public library is part of a large cultural masterplan developed by the Tianjin Institute of Urbanism and Design and GMP Architekten.

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