If you are a book worm, you must love going to libraries and renting books to read in peace. Libraries usually have a very traditional look and feel. However, if you want to have a totally new experience, you must head to the newly opened library in China.
It will amaze you with the futuristic design and unorthodox structures. Gone are those days when libraries only consisted of book shelfs and tables. This library in northeast China will change your outlook towards reading books in libraries.
Located near Beijing, the beautiful Tianjin Binhai Library is designed by the Dutch-based firm MVRDV. The first thing that comes to notice after entering the premises is a giant spherical auditorium in the middle of the building that resembles a giant eye.
The five-story library covers 34,000 square meters and can hold up to 1.2 million books. The all-white space gives the place a sleek look and adds a cathedral-like quality to it. The five-story library features undulating rows of books that allow visitors to walk among various shelves while browsing for any given title.
The whole construction took three years to be complete. The library features a reading area on the ground floor, lounge areas in the middle sections and offices, meeting spaces, and computer/audio rooms at the top. Every corner is given a unique look. The project is a giant step towards making Tianjin more of a cultural hub.
The whole neighborhood will develop because of this property. It not only houses books but also connects visitors to a nearby park where readers can read in peace. MVRDV collaborated with the Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute (TUPDI) to complete the project. It is now being called “The Eye of Binhai”.
The price of the construction of the whole building is not yet known publicly. However it can be guaranteed that no other library even comes close to this one with regards to design. You should visit this library at least once.